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Re: Troubleshooting the bird

I think that the rules for transmitters cover this.  If the spacecraft 
cannot receive commands, it is not a good idea for it to continually 
transmit a meesage.  Unless I have missed something, all transmitters must 
be under positive control (ie be controllable to the off position within a 
certain amount of time).  If it cannot hear control signals, it must 
failsafe to off, not beaconing until spacecraft destruction, possibly 20 
years down the line.


At 06:47 PM 12/19/00 -0500, sco@sco-inc.com wrote:

I would think that a good system would try to re-establish contact with 
ground control if after X days no contact had been received. In other 
words, why have a system that just waits for input? Why not have the system 
attempt to transmit coded requests to ground control to re-establish 
control and act in a proactive manner? The beacon would be saying ... "Here 
I am, I have not heard from you, where are you? ... PLEASE CALL" That way 
ground stations would know that the sat had lost contact with the ground 
and start reset actions.


Glenn Little                         glittle@awod.com   QCWA  LM 28417
Amateur Callsign:  WB4UIV            wb4uiv@amsat.org   AMSAT LM 2178
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