[amsat-bb] Only Half of the CubeSats Deployed into Space Work

Clayton W5PFG w5pfg at amsat.org
Fri Jun 17 16:26:48 UTC 2016

I've enjoyed watching some of the news published about STMSat-1.  There 
was some false hope about it being off frequency (by 500 kHz!,) some 
story of "rebooting the satellite," and a lack of command and control 
capability.  I attribute this to some of their social media posters not 
actually vetting their content with the project's technical champion(s). 
Thankfully the children of the STM School have been able to learn a 
great deal from this project and its sponsors deserve kudos.

In general, many of the amateur or CubeSat projects don't have much 
Public Relations scope beyond a webpage or Facebook.  Some groups are 
starting to get into Twitter.  Having a presence in social media or on 
the web is great.  However, if you don't have an educated representative 
posting or at minimum reviewing content, the followers grow weary and 
start to question things.  This leads to a negative PR fiasco.

It is nice to see more groups posting updates on their respective 
project pages and social media.  Anything done to promote the hobby and 
bolster amateur experimentation is a win for the AMSAT community.


On 6/17/2016 08:59, M5AKA via AMSAT-BB wrote:
> ARRL story http://www.arrl.org/news/stmsat-1-youngsters-told-only-half-of-the-cubesats-deployed-into-space-work
> Joe Pellegrino STMSAT-1 Mission Manager https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1wUmAxZJJoMUElNLWQyYktCcHc/view
> 73 Trevor M5AKA

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