The photos were all taken recently by AMSAT Executive Vice President Keith Baker, KB1SF (firstname.lastname@example.org). Select the small image to see a full-size .JPG image, plus a close-up of the hardware.
A close-up view of the "business end" of Phase 3-D's 400 Newton kick motor in the Marburg Lab. The motor will burn a hypergolic mixture of hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide to propel Phase 3-D toward its final orbit. The motor's "high tech" shipping container (a well padded oil drum!) is also visible in the background.
Dr. Andras (Bandi) Gschwindt, HA5WH, proudly displays Phase 3-D's Battery Charge Regulator (BCR) at the Marburg P3-D Lab. The BCR is a critical piece of Phase 3-D flight hardware that will control all the spacecraft's onboard power activity such as regulating battery charging from the solar panels. The BCR was expertly built by Bandi and his team at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
Some flight electronic modules for the Phase 3-D International Satellite undergo final bench testing at the AMSAT-DL Laboratory in Marburg, Germany prior to their shipment to Orlando, Florida for integration into the satellite.
At the AMSAT-DL Phase 3-D Laboratory in Marburg, Germany, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Engineering Dick Jansson, WD4FAB (R), holds a prototype L Band antenna feed that was constructed by Freddy de Guchteneire, ON6UG (L).
AMSAT-NA Vice President, Engineering Dick Jansson, WD4FAB (R), and AMSAT-DL's Konrad Mueller, DG7FDQ (L), perform a final inspection of Phase 3-D's 400 Newton kick motor in Konrad's well-equipped machine shop at AMSAT-DL prior to its shipment to Orlando for integration. The motor is of the same design that successfully powered both AO-10 and AO-13 to their final orbits.
Updated 25 September 1996. Feedback to KB5MU.