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Special Bulletin ANS-063.02 BOD Meeting



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AMSAT-NA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 063.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, MARCH 04, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-056.02

The Board of Directors of AMSAT-NA met February 24-25, 2001 in
Orlando, Florida - to consider a number of items, specifically the
format and nature of the next AMSAT satellite project(s).

During the meeting it was recognized that it will be some time before
a full evaluation of AO-40 will be completed and that all of the designed
functions of that satellite may not be available. It was also recognized
that it takes several years from initial concept to launch for any new
satellite project, and that the year 2001 is the right time to start the
planning and design process for the next series of satellites.
 
Present during these discussions were several members of the AMSAT-NA
project committee, who made proposals to the Directors for their
consideration. These proposals were made based on two guiding principles:

1) 	the input from AMSAT membership about the type of spacecraft,
       frequencies and operating requirements;

2) 	the desire of the AMSAT technical membership to keep advancing the
       state-of-the-art and providing new solutions for improving
       satellite communications.
 
Accordingly, the Board of Directors approved the following three projects.

First, a new satellite to be placed into a geostationary transfer orbit. The
proposed satellite project would feature communications at 2-meters,
70-centimeters, 1.2, 2.4 and 5.4 GHz, with actual uplink/downlink
frequencies to be determined. The satellite would weigh a maximum of
100 Kg in mass and would have a power consumption of about 100 watts.
Stabilization would be provided by spinning the spacecraft. 

Secondly, the Directors approved the idea of designing, building and testing
a new Internal Housekeeping Unit (IHU) for use in future AMSAT satellites.
The existing design, although very stable, uses components which are very
hard to find. A new unit design would use improved techniques and more
readily available components. 

Thirdly, the Board approved design, construction and demonstration of
a new mode using digital modulation techniques. This would improve
communications under very poor conditions or, alternatively, permit the
use of lower power and/or simple antennas.

It is anticipated that both the second and third projects would be ready to
be
a part of the main satellite project, with both a digital modulation system
along with traditional SSB/CW modulation techniques.

The Board of Directors also approved (in principle) a draft report from the
AMSAT strategy committee, with a full report to follow at a later date.
Finally,
discussion took place on a proposed new development program which will be 
initiated during 2001 and aimed toward the involvement of AMSAT corporate
sponsors.

Stay tuned to ANS for more information on these exciting projects!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, for this
information]

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