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Re: orbits!!





>Since we seem to talking orbits ... put this one in and have a look.
>
>ARSENE
>1 22654U 93 31  B 93217.89442270 -.00000049  00000-0  99999 4 0  4116
>2 22654   1.1889 123.9544 2934874 147.0825 232.2329  1.42202836  1282
>
>Now THAT was an orbit !!
>

>
>Bill...vk3jt
>Milawa, Australia.
>
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YES YES YES.  Arsene and its orbit had a LOT of potential in terms of sat 
operation.  As I write this its just South of Suadi Arabia (I have a lot of 
old 8088's that I use as tracking engines and I still keep that one plugged 
in hoping it might come on) but the "window" its overhead is a truly 
fantastic one.

This type of orbit has been tried two times in the HamSat history.  Oscar IV 
tried it (rocket failed) and then Arsene.  It was used a lot by the DOD (the 
orbit) with the IDSCP effort

A lot of small sats in near synch orbits that drifted small amounts every 
day.  If one died well there was another over the horizon.

The real failure I think of AO-40 is not the bird but the concept.  We need 
smaller sats and more of them.

Robert Oler WB5MZO

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