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AO-40



The Board of Directors of AMSAT-NA met on Thursday evening, to review the  
current situation with AO-40.
As you are all probably aware the satellite does not appear to be  
transmitting at this time and every effort is being made to accurately determine  the 
cause of failure and to make suitable corrections. For detailed technical  
information see the AMSAT-BB and /or the AMSAT-DL web site.
In summary it seems that the primary battery has failed and that the  
secondary or auxiliary battery is not sufficiently charged to take over at  this 
time. The next few weeks will be of great interest as the satellite is  entering 
into a sun angle which is becoming increasingly favourable for charging  the 
batteries.


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