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Re: Re: Useless CubeSats



Student projects need to be completed within the timeframe of the course and
they need to be within the capability of someone with no previous experience
so it limits the complexity. After graduation, and if they get a job in this
area, they will work as part of a team led by people with more experience.

Anything complex is undertaken by a tenured professor with a group of
post-graduate students as part of a research project funded by grant money.
Universities haven't received public grant money for communications
satellites since the 1970's as they are now commercial products. AMSAT can
pay universities to work on portions of communications satellites that fit
with their goals and I think that this has been done in the past. Otherwise,
universities are going to do research with projects like P5A.

73,

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message -----
From: "William Leijenaar" <pe1rah@hotmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 21:22 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Useless CubeSats


> Hi AMSATs,
>
> I think CUBESATS can be interresting for some small scientific
experiments.
> The way they are now presented is in my view not a right picture.
>
> They are presented as a learning basis for young students to learn how to
> build a satellite.
> I don't know how a 10cmx10cmx10cm cubic construction can ever help to
> understand how to build a real satellite of several meters in diameter.
>
> Its like giving a truck-mechanic-student a small truck model to learn how
to
> repair a truck engine.
>
> Like I mentioned a while ago, it would be much better when these students
> work together on a real big (international) satellite. When this satellite
> would also give something that can be usefull for universities or ham
radio
> it would be interresting...
>
> SSETI is a good example of such cooperation between European universities.
>
> A better use for the CUBEs would be on a high-altitude balloon.
> The boxes are small and light, and ideal for such missions.
> These missions are less expensive and are 100x more educative because
after
> the box returns down, the student can inspect what has happened to the
> electronics.
> You can only learn when you know what you have done wrong, and when you
can
> change it and try again.
>
> 73 de PE1RAH,
> William
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