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an amateur satellite for $295



It looks like Bigelow Aerospace will offer a ride to space for $295 for a 
golf ball sized object. Maybe we can fit a transponder and solar panels in 
that size. It would be a pretty cheap ride. The problem is that the "golf 
ball" will be inside a metalized ballon. Not sure if RF can get out and sun 
can get in.

Here's the link:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=4624

They also launched the first of these satellites. The satellite is 9 meters 
in diameter and apparently it is magnitude 2-3 brightness. The keplerian 
elements are just out:

GENESIS-1
1 29252U 06029A   06198.46964785  .00000204  00000-0  28214-4 0    99
2 29252  64.5117 162.1562 0004679 157.4977 202.6385 15.02722388   739


Pieter
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