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Re: AO-51 this week

On 11 Feb 2007 at 23:33, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:

> There are several new pieces of software that need to be uploaded and tested 
> this week on AO-51. Additionally the S band transmitter will be on for an as 
> of yet undetermined number of daylight passes over the Air Force Academy 
> ground station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These passes will be used for 
> the ground station checkout on S band prior to the launch of Falconsat-3 
> satellite, now scheduled in late February.  FS-3 carries an amateur payload 
> along with its primary science mission.


FalconSAT-3 - contains 5 experiments, including a gravity gradient boom, 
launch adapter shock ring, and several DARPA sponsored payloads, including
MPACS (Micro Propulsion Attitude Control System), FLAPS (Flat Plasma 
and PLANE (Plasma Local Anomalous Noise Experiment). As of summer 2005,
the project has completed qualification phase and construction of the flight 
is in progress. The launch, aboard an Atlas V 401 from LC-41 at Cape Canaveral,
was scheduled to occur on December 8, 2006, however as this was on the same 
day as the scheduled launch of STS-116, and a 48-hour turnaround was required, 
it was delayed. Launch is now scheduled for 22 February 2007. When the 
mission of the program is completed, the satellite will be placed into amateur 
mode and opened to use by amateur radio operators.


FalconSat 3 [USAF]

FalconSAT-3, is a 50 kg microsatellite being developed by faculty and cadets, 
and is the Air Force Academy´s first attempt at achieving three axis attitude
determination and control (ADCS). FalconSAT-3 will carry three payloads to 
DoD research. The attitude requirements for FalconSAT-3 include pointing the 
within +/- five degrees of ram direction, as well as attitude knowledge to 
within one degree.
FalconSAT-3 will provide sophisticated characterization of plasma turbulence in 
the F region
ionosphere. Significant advances in technology have enabled miniaturization of 
that enable comprehensive measurements of both ambient and spacecraft-specific 

The three primary experiments include

    * the Flat Plasma Spectrometer (FLAPS), a planar electrostatic analyzer 
used to measure
        ion spectra differential in energy with a DE/E ~ 4%;

    * the Plasma Local Anomalous Noise Environment (PLANE) experiment, a 
bifurcated retarding
      potential analyzer capable of distinguishing between ambient and          
    Spacecraft-induced turbulence

    * the Micro-Propulsion Attitude Control System (MPACS), consisting of a set 
of Teflon-fueled
      pulsed plasma thrusters used to stabilize satellite attitude.

The FalconSAT-3 satellite bus is custom fabricated at the United States Air 
Force Academy (USAFA)
and is manifested for launch into a 35° inclination, 560 km circular orbit in 
late 2006. Satellite operations
will be managed from the USAFA ground station. Complementary ground-based 
observations of the
ionosphere will be taken both at USAFA and at remote locations at low magnetic 
latitudes, where 
equatorial ionospheric processes are particularly effective at stimulating 
plasma turbulence.

>From a NASA agency NSSDC Master Catalog Display: Spacecraft


NSSDC ID: 2000-004D
Other Names

    * 26064

Launch Date: 2000-01-27

FALCONSAT is an American military microsatellite that was released from JAWSAT. 

It is reported to be a technology testing mission.
Discipline of surveillance and other Military uses. (edited)

Sponsoring Agency/Country

    Unknown/United States

If you read this past post on AMSAT-NA BB

On 10 Feb 2007 at 9:02, Jeff Davis wrote:

> Just looking at some interesting images and stats from the CenterForSpace
> Web site. The quick stats are 3,100 spacecraft orbiting earth with
> two-thirds of those no longer active. Nearly 7000 pieces of man-made debris
> large enough to be tracked. And the satellite recently destroyed by China
> created more than 900 pieces of large debris.
> Take a good look at the various images depicting the debris.
> http://www.centerforspace.com/asat/
> 73,
> -- 
> Jeff, KE9V

Did AMSAT-NA will condemned military endeavour or support it? Or it is the end 
result who make's amateur radio supporting a military program acceptable eg: 
producing debris or not? or helping in producing military technology as stated 
by NASA "It is reported to be a technology testing mission.
Discipline of surveillance and other Military uses. (edited)".

I know i wrote in the past that AMSAT'S should be "innovative" but not to a 
point to prostitute with any military action or operation.

Probably another inconsiderate and unplanned move by AMSAT-NA where the BOD is 
again out of control driven by any floating interest who probably blackmailed 
them "AGAIN" If AMSAT-NA wants to be a military puppet, here is a song lyrics 
from James blunt probably the BOD  inspiration source.

Out of my mind

Judging by the look on the organ-grinder,
He'll judge me by the fact that my face don't fit.
It's touching that the monkey sits on my shoulder.
He's waiting for the day when he gets me,
But I don't need no alibi - I'm a puppet on a string.
I just need this stage to be seen.
We all need a pantomime to remind us what is real.
Hold my eye and know what it means.

I'm out of my mind.

Judging by the look on the organ-grinder,
He'll judge me by the fact that my face don't fit.
It's touching that the monkey sits on my shoulder.
He's waiting for the day when he gets me,
But I won't be your concubine - I'm a puppet not a whore.
I just need this stage to be seen.
Won't you be a friend of mine to remind me what is real?
Hold my heart and see that it bleeds.

I'm out of my mind.


"It is not the class of license the amateur holds, but the class of the amateur 
that holds the license."

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
Skype VE2DWE


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