Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FO-29 schedule Jan, Feb.
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:08:25 -0500
As I understand it from Mineo's postings, when the battery voltage on
FO-29 hits a certain set point the satellite turns off. By design it
should turn back on when the voltage recovers, but that part is
malfunctioning. This makes it impossible to accurately determine how
long the transponder will stay on, because it is dependent on use as
well as other parameters.
For those that remember FO-20's last months of operation, the
transponder would often be on until someone used too much power on the
uplink, or there were too many users and it would then shut off. Later
as the voltage recovered it would turn back on. At the end it was only
operational while illuminated. I think FO-29 is behaving the same way,
except it requires command intervention to turn back on.
Is this essentially correct Mineo?
73, Drew KO4MA