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Re: Phase 4 satellite(s)?

> > Anyway, I feel strongly that the design and low-cost manufacture of
> > the required ground stations is an essential element of any advanced
> > amateur LEO constellation. Putting a "legacy" mode on the satellites
> > could certainly be done, but that would constrain the system design,
> > increase the cost, size, complexity and mass of the satellites and
> > divert resources from making the new ground station hardware as widely
> > available as possible.
> Good point Phil.  If eliminating legacy modes makes the system cheaper and
> in the long run, more universally accessible, it is a good thing.
> compatibility is fine, but it also does make things more complex (just ask
> the designers of the Pentium series of processors, which still have to be
> able to run 808x code).
However, I see more PCs with Pentiums than PCs with 680x0 processors. The
financial support from "legacy mode" users may be necessary to raise the
money to implement new modes.



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