The photos were taken in August and September 1997, mostly by AMSAT Executive Vice President Keith Baker, KB1SF (firstname.lastname@example.org). Select the small image to see a full-size .JPG image.
Jim White, WD0E, checks out the flight
RUDAK experiment just prior to installation into Phase 3D
during recent integration efforts at the P3D laboratory in
Orlando, Florida. The flight RUDAK module is shown in the lower
right portion of the photo. It's the black box on the cart next
to the power supply.
Danny Orban, ON4AOD, poses with the
fruits of his labors - the 24 GHz final amplifier for
Phase 3D. Danny was performing final bench testing of the
transmitter at the Phase 3D Lab in Orlando, Florida.
Chuck Green, N0ADI, adjusts the
engineering copy of the Internal Housekeeping Unit (IHU) for the
Phase 3D satellite at the P3d Integration Laboratory in
Orlando, Florida. The IHU is the satellite's main computer. The
engineering IHU is being used in the spacecraft during ground
tests to prevent possible damage to the flight unit during
The flight backup RUDAK experimental
module for Phase 3D is shown here undergoing bench testing
at the Phase 3D Integration Lab in Orlando, Florida. The
RUDAK module contains 285 screws and nearly 28,000 solder joints!
AMSAT-NA Phase 3D
Integration Laboratory Manager Lou McFadin, W5DID (left), and
Werner Haas, DJ5KQ, AMSAT-DL Vice President, perform bench checks
on one of Phase 3D's flight electronic modules during recent
integration work at the Phase 3D laboratory in Orlando,
Part of the international team that
recently assembled at the Phase 3D Integration Laboratory in
Orlando, Florida for structural upgrade and electronic
integration work on the satellite. The team included participants
from seven countries.
AMSAT-DL's Structural Specialist Konrad
Mueller, DG7FDQ, does an interim cleaning of the Phase 3D
Spaceframe just following major structural upgrade efforts at the
Phase 3D Integration Laboratory in Orlando, Florida. The
structural upgrade required the removal and re-installation of
most of Phase 3D's previously installed electronic
Freddy de Guchteneire, ON6UG, performs a
final cleaning on the S-Band (2.4 GHz) Transmitter just
prior to its installation into the Phase 3D Satellite at the
P3D Lab in Orlando, Florida. The transmitter produced a clean
50 Watts output while mounted in Phase 3D during
Updated 26 October 1997. Feedback to KB5MU.