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Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:10 pm

Why would a Anutter want to build and have their very own satellite launched into low earth orbit?   

Impressive idea for a company to say the least. Comments and ideas welcome!
 
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Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:29 pm

Did you mean to post a link to something regarding this? I am at a loss about the subject, are we supposed to be working out if it is possible?
 
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RE: Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:47 pm

Quoting GST (Reply 1):
Did you mean to post a link to something regarding this? I am at a loss about the subject, are we supposed to be working out if it is possible?

  

Here is the link: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/tubesat-personal-satellite/
 
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RE: Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:27 pm

This seems like a bit of a toy, but this venture may find an even bigger market in the academic community with small research or educational satellites.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
 
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RE: Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:37 am

I don't get it. They give you a kit to make a very specific Sputnik-like satellite? No customisability? If I were to put a satellite into orbit I would want it to do something more personally relevant (have a camera that looks back in time to spy on the soviet union, or scatter a loved one's ashes, etc). I wonder if they will allow you to put anything in there as long as it comes in at or under the current dimensions and weight. Then I might be interested. If I had any money. Which I don't.
 
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RE: Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:28 pm

I think this is a toy project for people in their mid-life crises. It is much like the kit hot-rods with a big blck Chevy or Ford engine. If I were to build one, which I am not going to, I would want something like the Hubble Telescope, but much smaller, and maybe only take distant pictures in the IR spectrum. Then, of course, be able to download them to my laptop.

It says the launch will be to low Earth orbit, about 192 miles, and the orbit will decay. How long will your satelitte be in orbit, and at what inclination?
 
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Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:47 pm

I would only want one if I could pick up the cool but weird japanese TV channels..lol
 
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RE: Do-it-Yourself Satellite For $8,000 US

Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:45 am

Quoting GST (Reply 1):
Did you mean to post a link to something regarding this? I am at a loss about the subject, are we supposed to be working out if it is possible?

lol I was at a loss too but especially when I went to see 'who' posted such a thing... and saw the respect rating of 100. I don't think I've seen anything much above the 60 range, ever. Just struck me as odd is all.

And, to contribute to the thread... these concerns were addressed in the article:

Quoting GST (Reply 4):
I wonder if they will allow you to put anything in there as long as it comes in at or under the current dimensions and weight.

It mentions that you can put what you like in there I believe... "TubeSat could be used for applications such as biological experiments, testing of electronic components in space, or video imaging from space.

It doesn’t always have to be a scientific experiment. Antunes’ project, called Project Calliope, will use magnetic, thermal and light sensors to detect information in the ionosphere and transmit the data back to earth in the form of sound."


Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
How long will your satelitte be in orbit, and at what inclination?
"After operating for a few months, TubeSat will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up."

 
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:11 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
and at what inclination?

Not less than 21 degrees or so.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
 
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:11 pm

There exists a range of amateur (Ham) radio satellites (OSCAR satellites). They often get built by students of aerospace engineering as a project and then launched into low earth orbit as supplementary cargo during the launch of commercial satellites.
The companies operating commercial satellites often sponsor such projects because it gives the students practical experience in designing and building satellites and those students will often, after graduating, work for these companies.
The OSCAR satellites usually contain one or several repeaters for the amateur radio frequencies in the VHF and UHF range.

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Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:38 am

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 9):
There exists a range of amateur (Ham) radio satellites (OSCAR satellites). They often get built by students of aerospace engineering as a project and then launched into low earth orbit as supplementary cargo during the launch of commercial satellites.
The companies operating commercial satellites often sponsor such projects because it gives the students practical experience in designing and building satellites and those students will often, after graduating, work for these companies.
The OSCAR satellites usually contain one or several repeaters for the amateur radio frequencies in the VHF and UHF range.

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Hi, if any of you are seriously interested, I am involved in these activities. Send me a message through a'net and we could have a general talk. Launch costs are cheap, but really depend upon who you are connected to, what is your purpose in seeking launch (to LEO) which is very crowded. If you are interested look up any website summarizing the number of LEO satellites (active, defunct) that occupy those orbits.


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Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:21 pm

Quoting boacvc10 (Reply 10):
Hi, if any of you are seriously interested, I am involved in these activities. Send me a message through a'net and we could have a general talk. Launch costs are cheap, but really depend upon who you are connected to, what is your purpose in seeking launch (to LEO) which is very crowded. If you are interested look up any website summarizing the number of LEO satellites (active, defunct) that occupy those orbits.


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I´m into ham radio, but haven´t been doing any satellite communications so far (at the moment I´m more interested in HF and MF comms than VHF or UHF).
Nice to hear that satellite comms hams exist around here.  

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