[aprssig] Bob's Kludge
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Fri Nov 9 17:17:08 EST 2012
I have seen this myself, pleasantly surprised to see it at the museum; and
impressed with an inexpensive sourcing of specialty material - folds up in
a tight space, and deploys auto-magically.
I remember the springy roll of metal we got in 'Things Of Science'!
On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> PCSAT model in Air&Space Museum next to Shuttle:
> It's even worse than you think. It looked beautiful until the night
> before we were to deliver the satellite for our final VIBE test with the
> fully functional Spacecraft. To our horror, the student supposed to keep
> track of the mass budget appeared to not be diligent and we were 10% over.
> We got the keys to the shop, took it all apart, and I sent a student down
> with orders to drill holes everywhwere. He did. Not only that, but we
> used tin-snips to cut off every extra piece of sheet metal we could
> eliminate. Look carefully at the edges of the nice elex boxes after
> waffled along the edges with tin snips. Finished by midnight and got it
> all assembled perfectly on our mass budget.
> Don't do this next time! See: http://aprs.org/pcsat/FrameHoles.JPG
> No way would we have gotten away with this on our other 4 missions via
> shuttle and ISS with NASA looking over our shoulders...
> Bob, WB4APR
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Dimse
> Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 3:30 PM
> Subject: [aprssig] Bob's Kludge
> Today I was walking through the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy
> Center and something stopped me cold. In front of me was a model of a
> satellite we all know and love, immediately recognizable because of its
> antennas which are very different from all the other satellites on
> Over the years Bob has gotten plenty of heat for his kludges, including
> from me, but until I have something in the Smithsonian literally basking
> in the glow of a space shuttle I'm going to keep my mouth shut!
> A photo is at
> That is not photoshopped, I took it with my iPhone which has very
> wide-angle lens. PCsat is to the side of Discovery's starboard nose.
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