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AO-54 - No!! SuitSat-1- Yes



First, the SuitSat idea was creative, interesting and commendable. It should
be done again (but this time the antenna should be properly attached)

Secondly, to confer an orbiting satellite designation to a neat piece of
space junk just diminishes the significance of the efforts made by hundreds
in the past to build and launch the real deal.

I'd like to know who made this decision so that they could explain their
rational.

Regards...Bill - N6GHz

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org]On
Behalf Of Emily Clarke
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 3:56 PM
To: Robert McGwier
Cc: AL7CR; amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-54?


[Caveat - opinions are my own and not the opinion of AMSAT or the Board.]

Robert McGwier wrote:
> There are published guidelines about who can get an oscar number.  If
> you meet those with a wet noodle generating a femtowatt,  you too will
> get an oscar number.  Is it not an orbitting satellite carrying amateur
> radio?
>
> Bob
> N4HY
>

On that definition alone I would say no - it's not a satellite, it's a
payload installed in a spacesuit. But I assume it really depends on the
definition of a satellite.  It is by all means an orbiting body, but
would we give an astronaut carrying an HT in his toolbag an OSCAR number
when he went out to do some maintenance?  I don't think so.

I think in the simplest sense a satellite means something that was
deliberately designed for that mission.  This was not - it was designed
as a space suit.

The spacesuit was re-purposed when it was proposed that it would be a
cool idea to follow it around the world when it was sent to its fiery
death, and I don't want to play down that accomplishment.  It was a cool
idea and I'm glad it was done.  I'm sad that I was on travel when it was
launched and couldn't listen for it.

I'm still not sure I would have voted to give it an OSCAR number (if
given a chance to vote).  Although the ISS frequencies are coordinated,
Suitsat's was not and that is a criteria that is required for an OSCAR
number.  I suppose I would have liked to hear more about the rational
for it from the builders and applicant.

I certainly didn't expect it to be AO-54 - if one was awarded I would
have expected it to be RO-54 or RS-26 but that is murky and I again I
would have asked to know more since it was a joint project.

Just my opinion - others may vary.

Emily (N1DID)
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