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Re: I have an idea. Please read



An unpiloted aircraft could be built to fly at 60,000 ft.  On solar power?
Maybe... if you had NASA's budget.  It would be easier to launch a couple
more P3 satellites, and we all know how easy that is ;-)

73 - JC,k0hps@amsat.org


----- Original Message -----
From: David M. Tipton, PhD <tiptond@psi.com>
To: Keith Randino <krandino@snet.net>
Cc: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2000 4:44 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] I have an idea. Please read


> I like the idea, however question the ability to keep an aircraft of any
> type aloft at those altitudes..  I have had similar thoughts in the past.
> One such thought was in that if you had the thing up there, you could have
> it do nothing other than circling in a small tight pattern, thus giving
> the illusion of being stationary.  Couple that with a few others and you
> could develop a truely wide area repeator system suitable for all kinds of
> stuff...
>
> Dave
>
> On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, Keith Randino wrote:
>
> > I have been thinking now for several months about a plan that I have.
> > I am posting it on this board because I believe that much of the
expertise
> > needed for a project like this resides on this board. This is not
completely
> > flushed out but I believe that it is certainly something that could be
done
> > and
> > is technically possible and probably should be  done. Here goes. I have
been
> > considering the possiblilty that this group or a derivative should try
to
> > launch a solar
> > power aircraft with battery backup that would spend its time slowly
circling
> > around an
> > area above 60000 feet with FM repeater equipment on board. I believe the
> > expense
> > of such a project would be several orders of magnitude cheaper than a
> > satelite system
> > and launch. It could be brought back down for repairs or different
missions
> > setups and be
> > relaunched just like any remotely piloted vehicle. It would have a huge
> > ground
> > footprint and several of them could be linked to cover vast distances
and
> > huge areas. I
> > believe that the FAA doesn't care much about what happens above 60000
feet
> > and that would
> > allow us to do just about whatever we wanted to above that altitude. I
have
> > not
> > researched this entirely nor have I checked what the FCC regulations are
> > that are involved.
> > I believe that whatever they are they would be surmountable. I am not
> > glossing over the
> > technical challenges either. The air is quite thin at these altitudes
and
> > the technical challenges
> > would be considerable but the rewards would also be significant. Please
let
> > me know what
> > you think about this. I welcome any replies. I know that a lot of work
would
> > be needed but I
> > really think that a system like this would have substantial rewards.
> > Everything from emergency
> > communications to APRS and digital not to mention GPS, SSTV, real time
> > video,
> > automatic navigation and more could be involved. While this is not
entirely
> > flushed out I do know
> > more than I am writting about now. I just want to see what the comments
are
> > and if this
> > has any interest to anyone.
> >
> > Thanks for reading this,
> > 73,
> > Keith
> > N1XTK
> >
> >
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