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Here we go again Guys.

from <http://www.zdnet.com.au/zdnn/stories/zdnn_display/au0001442.html>

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Tuesday April 04, 2000

SpaceGram offered by Aussie satellite 
By Megan McAuliffe, ZDNet Australia            
                           
In space, no one can hear you scream but they'll hear your greetings,
jokes, birthday messages and maybe a few product advertisements, as
well.

As Australia prepares to launch its first major space project in more 
than 30 years -- a mini satellite called FedSat -- organisers have added 
an unusual twist to the program.                   

The pint-size FedSat will provide unique broadcasting opportunities for
those wanting to reach the outer limits.                    

Project SpaceGram will be able to receive, store and transmit audio
messages in three frequency bands, and will give ordinary people access 
to space, Centre Manager of Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite
Systems (CRCSS), Jeff Kingwell said.

Anyone can join the space mission. It would normally cost $15m to get 
somebody into space for a day. This way Australians can become virtual
astronauts, putting them in space for over 100 years, he said.

Joining "SpaceGram" will cost $3.95 per minute through a telephone service,
recording spoken messages on CD that will be sent in to orbit above mainland
Australia and broadcast from space. Listeners around the world, using UHF 
ham radios, will be able to pick-up the broadcasts.

FedSat will be placed into orbit 800km above the earth on November 1, 2001. 
It will be launched by the Japanese National Space Development Agency (NASDA).

Australian songwriter Paul Kelly will be honoured by the project with the
inclusion of his song "From little things big things grow" during the
broadcasts.

Local companies will be encouraged to give their products a plug by recording
advertisements for broadcast from FedSat.

"We are very keen to encourage space commerce. This is the way of the future. 
Two to three years ago private investors started to exceed government
investment on a global basis. There are now more private sector sponsored
space projects", Kingwell said.

"We hope to raise money to support further Australian space research. We
want to encourage public participation for future satellites", Kingwell said.

The cube-shaped satellite will conduct experiments in communications, space 
science, remote sensing and engineering while in the orbital plane.

FedSat is slated to test a high performance computer, gather data from the 
outer atmosphere and measure changes to the Earth's magnetic field. CRCSS 
hopes to have the satellite in operation for two years.

"The interaction operation of those payloads between the Sun and the Earth
will give early warnings of disruptions to communication systems. We will
gather a lot more knowledge to hopefully intervene in future disruptions."

CRCSS is also working with the Australian Space Institute on another smaller, 
more complex satellite and also operating joint missions with overseas space
programs.

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I did a web search on FedSat which turned up almost 40 hits across several
universities, companies, etc (one even mentioned the University of Surrey!)
but couldn't find any specific frequencies mentioned.

Go get 'em guys

73
Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
g3rwl@amsat.org
FOC # 1188

          So many beautiful girls ..... (sob) so little time
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