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Re: NASA STS-116 MISSION



Congratulations to Bob and the USNA team!
You can check out the deployment at
http://web.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/ande/ANDE_Deploy_Short.mov

Looking forward to the packet operations.

73, Scott WA6LIE


> >   WE HAVE LIFTOFF - DISCOVERY ON THE WAY
> 
> And a total of FOUR amateur Radio Satellites on their way to
> orbit:
> 
> ANDE MAA - packet digipeater and packet-to-voice
> RAFT     - packet digipeater and packet-to-voice
> NMARS    - Navy Marincorps Mars packet and Voice repeater
> FCAL     - Cubesat telemetry system
> 
> We call NMARS an amateur satellite too because it is operated by
> Amateur Radio Volulnteers in the Military Affiliate Radio
> System.  It is on MARS frequency and only authorized MARS
> operators can use it, but they are all duly licensed radio
> amateurs too.
> 
> These satellites will not last long due to their very low
> deployment altitude, but they should provide a new opportunity
> to do experiments and make packet contacts.  This is especially
> true since ANDE, RAFT, PCSAT-1 all operate on the same frequency
> and can replay packets between themselves.  And if we are lucky,
> we might get the ISS to QSY to the same frquency for a few
> 4-satellite experiments.
> 
> Bob, WB4APR
> US Naval Academy Satellite Lab
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