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Re: Idea about an P4A (Moon relay station)



Until we can get a reliable AO40 style bird in orbit and working as designed
 I believe that spending hard earned money on placing a "repeater" on the
moon or, as recently described in the AMSAT journal, sending one to Mars, is
a waste of energy and resources - at this time.  

There is certainly nothing wrong in "dreaming", but let's focus resources on
doing things that most hams on this beautiful planet can actually use, not
in strict pursuit of doing something, just because it can be done - this
from a guy who worked on the US space program at various times in his Air
Force career.  

Flame away....  ;-)

73,
Joe
WL7M

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From: William Leijenaar
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2002 14:34:08
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Idea about an P4A (Moon relay station)

Hi AMSATs,

this weekend I was at the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen (Germany) and I did 
ofcourse visit the AMSAT-DL stand. I have met many satellite amateurs and 
discussed about many space topics.

I did also spoke with Karl Meinzer about an P4 (moon) station, and he agreed

with me that it is technically possible to have an amateur station working 
on the moon surface.

Ofcourse it is not easy, but it is possible. In my opinion it is even 
possible in amateur ways to make such an station. I mean with technologies 
used in Ao40 and other OSCARS.

One of the problems what Karl Meinzer also told me, is to get the station on

the moon surface without any damage. I have more knowledge about electronics

than about orbit and landing problems so I have not THE answer. This will be

also an problem, but problems are there to be solved :-)

What about making some kind of "skippy bal", like with the path-finder on 
Mars. The "skippy-bal"will bounce on the moon with the P4 station protected 
at the inside. When it stoppped bouncing, the "skippy-bal" can be defloated 
and the P4 station is stable on the moon surface.

I am sure there are many more option and solutions, just don't give up. 
Please don't send me messages that it is imposible, just send me ideas how 
it IS (maybe) POSSIBLE :-)

(It is possible, we just need to puzzle out how...)

73 de PE1RAH, William.
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