[amsat-bb] simple ways to demonstrate orbital mechanics.

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Wed Feb 24 15:32:01 UTC 2016


check out the presentation given at the ARRL Centennial at
there may be some things you can use.
-73, k6wao

On 2/24/2016 5:47 AM, Tom Schuessler wrote:
> Hello all,
> Several of us AMSATers in North Texas will again be representing AMSAT at
> the annual "Moon Day" at the frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field
> this coming July 16.  "Moon Day" is a celebration of spaceflight
> past/present and future and is also a very large STEM fair with exhibits
> from many different scientific and Engineering organizations.  Many young
> people including Boy and Girl Scouts are in attendance.
> Since there is such a large youth component to this event, I have been
> looking for some fun ways to demonstrate satellites and orbital mechanics to
> the people who drop by the booth/table.  There is a special STEM patch that
> they can earn by visiting different displays and asking questions/filling
> out a worksheet.  I am looking for simple but creative/fun ways to
> demonstrate orbital mechanics and also how a satellite like our Fox birds
> work.  I plan to build a big poster with images of different types of
> orbits, and have already been given an idea on how to demonstrate the
> different between a geostationary/synchronous orbit and a LEO but would like
> some more ideas.
> If any of you have done some similar outreaches and would like to share
> ideas, please reply on list or off.  I would appreciate it much.
> Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
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Joe Spier
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