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Re: New AO-27?






>From: Douglas Braun & Nadia Papakonstantinou <dougnad@bellatlantic.net>
>To: "Laura Jolley" <jolleybuckaroo@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] New AO-27?
>Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 05:47:51 -0500
>
>I'd love to hear more about these.
>Were the transponders tuneable?
>
>Doug
>

YOu can go to Mark Wades AStronautic encyclopedia and get the full scope but 
they were satellites designed to test well technology...most of the tech 
experiments are long dead now but at least on some of them the transponder 
remains and its used.  There is a sort of thriving "ancient and dead sat" 
community in the back waters.  The LES birds, ATS, now ACTS, and some of the 
really old commercial sats (and one are two of the old military sats).  the 
Navy for instance still fools around with a satellite called "DODGE" which 
used gravity gradient for stability at geo altitudes.

Interesting stuff actually.  I like to listen in on the stuff from the Oler 
Deep Space Network here (grin).

Robert Oler WB5MZO
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