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Re: Phase 4 satellite(s)?



> > Anyway, I feel strongly that the design and low-cost manufacture of
> > the required ground stations is an essential element of any advanced
> > amateur LEO constellation. Putting a "legacy" mode on the satellites
> > could certainly be done, but that would constrain the system design,
> > increase the cost, size, complexity and mass of the satellites and
> > divert resources from making the new ground station hardware as widely
> > available as possible.
>
> Good point Phil.  If eliminating legacy modes makes the system cheaper and
> in the long run, more universally accessible, it is a good thing.
Backwards
> compatibility is fine, but it also does make things more complex (just ask
> the designers of the Pentium series of processors, which still have to be
> able to run 808x code).
>
However, I see more PCs with Pentiums than PCs with 680x0 processors. The
financial support from "legacy mode" users may be necessary to raise the
money to implement new modes.

73,

John
KD6OZH


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