Re: I'm worried that Kevin will like this one too much (FITSAT-1)

From: George Herbert (george.herbert@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Jul 14 2012 - 04:47:57 UTC

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    Magtorquers are normal equipment now and work fine worldwide.  This one might be different but probably not...
    
    
    George William Herbert
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    On Jul 13, 2012, at 9:03 PM, Paul Floyd <p.n.floyd@gmail.com> wrote:
    
    > Unfortunately I am not sure if you will see anything if you live
    > outside Japan. A quick read of the website isn't encouraging. The
    > satellite uses a magnet to orientate it correctly - and according to
    > the diagram on the website will only be pointing downwards due to the
    > interaction of the satellite magnet with the Earth's magnetic field
    > over Japan.
    > 
    > I am happy to be corrected. I would love to see morse code in the sky.
    > 
    > Regards,
    > 
    > Paul Floyd.
    > 
    > 
    > 
    > 
    > 
    > 
    > On Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM, Mark Robinson <mark@zl2tod.net> wrote:
    >> http://www.uk.amsat.org/2037
    >> 
    >>> The Amateur Radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 will carry an Optical Communications experiment that aims to write Morse Code across the night sky.
    >> 
    >> ...
    >> 
    >>> The second mission is to determine if a satellite can be made to appear as an “artificial star” using high-output LEDs in flash mode. The light from this flash will be received by the ground station, which has a telescope with photo-multiplier linked to a 5.8GHz parabola antenna. This is a basic experiment to investigate the possibility of optical communication with satellites.
    >> 
    >> http://www.fit.ac.jp/~tanaka/fitsat.shtml
    >> 
    >> Regards all
    >> Mark
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