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Re: Mitsubishi Press Release via Amsat-dl

	If you remember from past post from NASA to the group,
it was mentioned they wanted to discuss with the Amsat Group
about using one of our satellites (leo?) for testing for their
planned mission. They were interested in our use of orbiting sats
to communicate with small (I read handheld) planet bound craft.
	That is what I read into the past messages.. this is 
more than likley what they are refering to...Someone correct me
if i'm wrong.
jim kd4hur

Jon Ogden wrote:
 > I went to the Amsat-dl webpage this morning and found they have a link to a
 > press release from Mitsubishi about the cooperation between Mitsubishi and
 > AMSAT on AO-40.  Now I know this is probably OLD, OLD information to most,
 > but I had never read it before and it was fascinating.
 > Some very interesting comments struck me that I had not realized before:
 > The article states that the only space qualified components on the
 > spacecraft are in the propulsion system.  Isn't it ironic that the one part
 > that has been given the "S" qual status is what has caused problems.  It
 > also talks about how AO-40 is using some new magnetic bearings in the
 > momentum wheels for more accurate pointing.  I found that to be very
 > interesting too.  We (AMSAT) provide far more than just a bird for
 > ourselves.  I think that companies like Mitsubishi probably see our projects
 > as test pads for them to test out new technologies before they release them
 > commercially.
 > Lastly, I am curious about a paragraph at the very end of the article:
 > > For the future, AMSAT is planning a project to orbit Mars in around 2005/2006
 > > as part of the ESA Mars project.
 > >
 > > The AMSAT project will be a repeater system enabling earth to communicate with
 > > the satellite in Martian orbit and the orbiting satellite to communicate to
 > > earth. The project will operate a 10GHz downlink based on technology from the
 > > current Phase 3-D project featuring 60~100W TWTA backed up by 50W solid state
 > > amplifiers.
 > I've not heard of this project before.  Is this something that is still
 > being planned on or with the delay in launching P3D was it shelved (the
 > press release is from 1998)?  Is this project still under consideration, in
 > design, etc?
 > The link to the article is:
 > http://www.mitsubishichips.com/press/releases/ms0205q.htm
 > 73,
 > Jon
 > NA9D
 > -------------------------------------
 > Jon Ogden
 > NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
 > Member:  ARRL, AMSAT, DXCC, NRA
 > http://www.qsl.net/ke9na
 > "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
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