Amsat P3D Laser experiment

Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 05:16:46 PDT

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    Hello VSO ers,
    I want to inform you that the Amsat P3D satellite due to be 
    launched on November 14 with the Ariane V507 carries a Laser 
    experiment that may be of interest to you.
    This Laser experiment is included in the radio amateur 
    communication package in memory of Werner Haas DJ5KQ who 
    contributed to the satellite hardware and died before he could see 
    the satellite launched.
    The Laser is a 835 nm 0.5 Watt Laser that is modulated with 400 
    baud BPSK. The footprint of the beam at Apogee is abt 1000 km.
    It should be possible to see the Laser with night viewers and the 
    telemetry can be decoded with amateur equipment.
    The experiment can only be used after reaching the final elliptical 
    orbit and after stabilization of the satellite expected about 6 months 
    after launch.
    If you are interested in more information about the Amsat P3D 
    satellite please visit :
    Freddy de Guchteneire ON6UG
    Amsat P3D Launch campaign team member
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