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Re: Special Bulletin ANS-063.02 BOD Meeting



Tally a vote for Phase 3E

KB7ADL


At 04:27 PM 3/4/01 -0600, Dan James <DanJ@marvin.com> wrote:
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-063.02
>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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