According to Space-Track.org, LO-78 decayed early this morning:
39569 LITUANICASAT 1 1998-067EN LTU 2014-07-28 13:29:00 2014-07-28
0:00:00 0.096 decay_msg TLE Historical
Congratulations to all who were involved in this successful project
and we look forward to any future Lithuanian amateur radio satellite
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
I have been following the digital satellite discussion with great
interest. Both sides have valid points.
I would like to pose a strictly engineering question. Keep in mind that
I'm not an engineer but consider myself reasonably well read on the
A digital satellite would imply loads of processing power on the
satellite. I would assume that with this additional activity that there
will be more
hardware on the bird with more complexity as this won't be a bent pipe
With more physical hardware of much more complexity in orbit what about
the radiation hazards to this more complex and physical hardware heavier
system? Wouldn't a software based system be prone to radiation induced
hardware and software glitches?
What about shielding etc?
Dave Marthouse N2AAM
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Dear friends, FM transponder is OFF, it's mission is completed, thank you
for all the good responses. Based on this there will be more projects in
the future making benefit for HAM people of the World.
Currently only telemetry packets are to transmit data every 15 seconds.
On-board temperature is rising and the altitude is being lost quickly
therefore some peculiarities due to changing thermal environment can occur.
Would appreciate any of your reports tracking last orbits of LituanicaSAT-1.
Thank you for all of your support!
I am pleased that AMSAT-NA is going to move forward with a LEO
CubeSat, single channel, analog FM transponder. If successful, it
will be immensely popular worldwide. My hope is that it will help
usher in a new, improved series of satellites with more advanced
payloads. There is great potential in the ranks of AMSAT-NA and
groups worldwide to achieve lofty goals. Look at what AMSAT-UK and
others have already done in the CubeSat platform. The digital mode
capabilities discussed here on the AMSAT-BB are just the tip of the
iceberg to where technology can take us.
It's very easy to be a pessimist or a cynic. Very little risk is
involved. It doesn't take any cojones to sit in a comfy chair and
email snarky comments. If you are optimistic about a project and it
fails, your peers may see your actions as a fool. Even worse, people
may withdraw their financial support for future missions. Even after
great success, the optimist may receive very little praise, especially
in this field of voluntary amateur radio service.
AMSAT-NA is boldly entering the CubeSat world with the planned
satellite series FOX-1. If you haven't noticed, there have been
full-page advertisements soliciting volunteers in the AMSAT Journal.
There is plenty of opportunity to serve and influence the direction of
If we all threaten to leave and stop paying our dues when things don't
go our way, what will we ever accomplish?
Please take a simple step to support amateur radio in space. Donate
to the FOX-1C launch effort. http://www.amsat.org/?p=2957
But if the goal of satellite operation is from the shack-potato position,
why not just use the internet and not bother.
Don't forget the TOTAL FAILURE of the original SAT-PHONE industry when
they ignored cellphones and fiber. No one would bother with a sat-phone
when their $9/mo cell phone could do the job almost 99% of the time and
call anywhere on the planet. The only thing SAT-PHONEs turned out to be
good for are wilderness communications, and there are plenty of places on
earth that fit that category. Probably 90% of the earths surface is a
wireless desert. But the 99% of the worlds population lives in that
I have also heard that these days, " all of the satellite communications
carried by all the comm satellites worldwide could fit on a SINGLE fiber.
The value of ham radio is providing communications where other systems
cannot. And of course, playing with toys just for fun.
>> I've heard comments that basically imply anyone
>> who wants to go outside with an HT and wave a yagi around is stupid.
> Standing outside with a yagi in hand and the monsoon
> trickling down my neck isn't for me. It is demonstrably
> a valid way to make contacts and an excellent way to
> demonstrate how satellite operation can occur with minimalist equipment.
> But as far as I'm concerned, it IS NOT the ultimate objective
> of a satellite operator....