Amateurs work on Mars Orbiter
The Amateur Radio Mars Orbiter P5-A being built by Amsat-DL will deploy a balloon craft called Archimedes. The craft, being built by the privately financed German Mars Society, will hover close to the surface of Mars taking crisp, full-colour images. This is yet another example of radio amateurs teaming up with other technical experts on pioneering projects.
Chris Jones - VK2ZDD
The radio amateurs building the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft have gained considerable expertise from the construction of previous amateur radio satellites including the recently launched Oscar-40. They will be testing some of the technologies to be used on the Mars Orbiter on their latest amateur satellite, P3-E, due to be launched shortly. The Mars Orbiter will feature a 10GHz beacon that should be receivable by well-equipped amateur radio stations.
Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, president of Amsat-DL, will be attending the Amsat-UK International Space Colloquium on 28 to 30 July at the University of Surrey in Guildford to give a presentation on the P3-E satellite. For further information about the colloquium, visit www.uk.amsat.org/Colloquium. For more details about the Mars Orbiter, visit the P5-A website at www.amsat-dl.org/p5a
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