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Re: Re: Funny old satellite design

I saw a picture of a Molniya comsat. It appeared to be a hermetically
sealed cylinder with the boosters etc., externally mounted. Would this
not be a good design for AMSAT?

1. The electronics would have an atmosphere to conduct heat away.

2. The electronics would be protected from leaking fuel or battery

3. While in storage for the long wait for launch, the electronics would
be sealed in nitrogen.

4. Upon a suitable launch, fresh batteries, solar cells and kick motor
could be attached externally.

""Message: 9
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 17:28:07 -0400
From: Daniel Schultz <n8fgv@usa.net>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Re: Funny old satellite design

"The Soviet designers did use nitrogen pressurized enclosures as you
you can see these in their early spacecraft designs. US rockets were not
powerful as Russian rockets in the early days, so such a brute force
was not available to US spacecraft designers.""

Joe Leikhim K4SAT

"Jazz is not dead.  It just smells funny." -F.Z.

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