well it was old, worn out, and no longer useable. either chuck it out the
airlock or pay to have it sent down to earth to be overhauled or chucked out
to a landfill.
Didn't prove anything. they had it there, tacked some ham radio gear to it
and chucked it. got a few hundred ham radio operators off their butts to
listen for it.
but no, there wasnt a purpose. bit it did do more than you did towards
Please don't get all spudded up on me ;)
I just wanted to voice my opinion on the suit issue.
by being chucked out , the suit added to the growing list of space junk in
it is a problem that is growing and was one of my concerns.
Since it didn't involve a school or even grown ups learning to make a
microsat, I didn't see the
purpose of adding another number for norad to track.
the ISS allready has tons of Ham gear on board for tracking and contacts.
I personally like the Ham contacts ISS does with the schools. I have helped
other hams learn how to do this.
I have helped many become hams to do sat work.
Hams can get off their butts and go to amsat.org and find lots of stuff to
hear and even talk to in orbit !
Well, I didn't have anything to do towards helping with ISS, But I have
helped with many Amsat programs in the little ways I can.
Echo was the last Amsat program I donated to.
It's actually supposed to re-enter the atmosphere pretty quickly. My
guess is that's why they were willing to do it -- orbital lifespan was
Agreed; it's a serious problem. They need to figure out a way to bring
satellites back down after they're expired, or eject them out away from
after being pissy all week about the suit,
I think it finally dawned on me that the suit did do something.
it did PR for space and ham radio.
also I found it will burn up next month so won't be a dead weight in space
after all !
sorry, was on the sci.space groups and they tend to get me wound up!
yeah, i read your other comments in this thread. don't worry. I got a plan
for that too.
some people think its a RUFN (Are You Freakin Nuts?) project, but I think i
got a planned for a manned booster.
If I ever get it close to being orbital, I'll attempt to recover some of
that space junk. the resulting sales in ebay should pay for (some) future
flights. or at least some beer money.
well, like you agreed, it generated PR, also showed to some space nuts that
they should get into being ham nuts so they can get some ragchew with
You've had better luck than I have. being the eternal cheapskate, my
tri-band doesn't have enough juice for the cross band repeat signals. cant
seem to have the ISS overhead when someone is free to listen on the 2 meter
uplink, and I play with computers enough that I really don't want to sully
my ham hobby with packet.