[amsat-bb] Dimensions of AO-13

Gregory Beat w9gb at icloud.com
Sun Jun 4 15:31:39 UTC 2017

Philip -

The Phase 3 satellites: AO-10 and AO-13 used the same "space frame".
As noted, historical web sites note physical size as: 600 x 40 x 200 mm

An identical Phase 3 "ground-spare" spaceframe, was in Germany with AMSAT-DL.
IF you look closely, at the photos, and use "rough measures" from image ---
the stated size is incorrect (NOT a centimeter/millimeter transposition/mislabeling)

I do not know if this spaceframe was ever shipped to Virginia Tech for AMSAT P3E,
as noted in this 2015 AMSAT-UK announcement.

greg, w9gb
I'm displaying a picture of AO-13 (my first sat QSO was on that bird) to
contrast it with a picture of the the cubesats of today

The only dimensions I'm finding for AO-13 are 600 x 40 x 200 mm...this
seems awfully small for a 92 Kg (plus another 30Kg for fuel) weight. (23.6
inches x 1.6 inches x 7.8 inches).

Were these dimensions actually in centimeters. and not millimeters?

Philip N4HF

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