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Re: First Planetary AMSAT Rover



Any chance of hearing the signals with commercial ham gear?Also,there is
some SPECULATION that they may have stirred-up a mud type material when the
air bags were deployed during Spirits landing.Very interesting indeed!----- 
Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2004 2:29 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] First Planetary AMSAT Rover


> SIDEBAR PR for AMSAT?
>
> Since the MARS rover and Mars Global Surveyor communicate with each other
> on the Amateur frequency of 437.1 (or at least that is where they did the
> test?), do we have a "mole" at JPL that would be interested in requesting
> an OSCAR number?
>
> Of the 4 requirements, #1 may not have been done before launch, but I bet
> the AMSAT BOD could waive that requirement:
>
>  1) The spacecraft's frequencies in the amateur bands must have been
>  coordinated before launch through [the] IARU/AMSAT frequency coordinator
>
>  2) The spacecraft must have successfully achieved orbit and/or have been
>  successfully deployed.  [EARTH orbit is not specified]
>
>  3) Once in orbit, one or more transmitters must have been successfully
>  activated in the amateur satellite service.  [it depends on what "in"
>  means... it is clear that they are transmitting on a frequency "in" the
>  "Amateur Satellite Service" ...<wink>]
>
>  4) After the above requirements have been met, the organization or
>  organizations which are the builders/owners of the spacecraft may request
>  [an OSCAR number]...
>
> I think it would give AMSAT some great publicity if this was done right...
> The news media are always looking for down-home stories...
>
> Just as universities can grant honorary degrees to distinguished people,
> AMSAT could grant an "honorary" OSCAR number to the little rover...
> And use as justification the great efforts of many HAMS who not only
> probably worked on the project at JPL, but also those that RECEIVED the
> test signals with their home EME stations...
>
> Where is our PR team?
>
> de WB4APR@amsat.org, Bob
>
>
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