[amsat-bb] Link Budget

Edward R Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Sat Nov 7 21:39:41 UTC 2015

I don't recall exactly but there is geostationary and there geocentric orbits.

The orbit that is not zero inclination will trace a figure 8 in the 
sky but its not a large deviation in position.  If 5GHz is being 
considered for the link, antenna gain may be fairly high but will 
they have a beamwidth narrower than the angular deviation that the 
figure 8 makes?  How big a dish? 2-foot? 3-foot?  Get out your 
sliderules and calculate the beamwidth (no I will not do it for you).

I think the inclination in geotationary is not very high (maybe a few 
degrees; i.e. <10).  The apparent motion would be diurnal so nothing 
rapid.  One could probably use a manual setting for a few hours.

Just a guesstimate.

73, Ed - KL7UW

From: Burns Fisher <burns at fisher.cc>
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While it appears that you are right about the link budget, one of you
arguments holds only *some* water, and that is tracking.
GeoSTATIONARY birds would require to tracking, but there are
geosynchronous orbits (i.e. 24 hours, but not necessarily 0
inclination and 0 eccentricity) which would move north/south or
east/west in the sky over the course of a day.

And regarding the moon:  Another argument against it is that it is
darned hard to land on the moon.  Lots more deltaV required.


Burns W2BFJ

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