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Amateur Satellites Slated



NASA News  <snipped>

Kodiak Star, the first planned orbital launch from the new Kodiak Launch
Complex in Alaska will be a NASA collaborative mission with the Department
of Defense (DoD). The payload consists of four small satellites to be
launched aboard a Lockheed Martin Athena I launch vehicle.

NASA's spacecraft in the Kodiak Star mission is Starshine 3, about 1 meter
in diameter which is covered with ... front-surface aluminum mirrors
polished by participating grade schools from all over the world.

PICOsat, the primary DOD Satellite... carries... four experiments in the
areas of vibration isolation, ionospheric observations and polymer
batteries... built at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in the UK.

The second DoD spacecraft is a Prototype Communications Satellite (PCSat),
operating in the amateur radio band, designed and manufactured by Midshipmen
of the United States Naval Academy.  It will become part of the amateur
radio community's Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) in low earth
orbit receiving digitized identity and position data from amateur radio
operators and transmitting it to one or more ground stations.

The third DoD spacecraft is SAPPHIRE, a micro-satellite designed and built
by students at Stanford University and Washington University-St. Louis. The
primary mission of Sapphire is to space-qualify two sets of "Tunneling
Horizon Detector" infrared sensors designed and built by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory and Stanford University. Secondary experiments include a digital
camera and voice synthesizer.

The Kodiak Star is targeted for launch Aug. 31, 2001.

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