[aprssig] New APRS satellite: LAPAN-A2

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 29 09:29:06 EDT 2015

Chuckle...  To see where it lands (no pun intended) I Googled "30 degrees north latitude" and Google maps gives me Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen in Chicago....
Regards, Steve Noskowicz
Science & Technical Advisor
... No pun in ten did...

On Mon, 9/28/15, Robert Bruninga via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:

 Subject: [aprssig] New APRS satellite: LAPAN-A2
 To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
 Date: Monday, September 28, 2015, 9:49 PM
 is just one of several new Chinese Ham sats and many of them
 have low inclination orbits.  Meaning if you live near the
 equator you get a pass every 90 minutes ALL DAY AND NIGHT
 This should make APRS ideal for sailors and boaters. 
 These satelltes also have FM voice and so it should be fun
 in the carribean   You cant see them north of about 30
 degrees latitude.
 It also suggests we need to make sure we ahve
 plenty of IGates round the world near the equator.
 ---------- Forwarded
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 From: Andrew
 Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com>
 Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 8:03 PM
 Subject: [amsat-bb] LAPAN-A2
 To: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
 I see Celestrak now has objects 2015-052A, B, C, D, and H in
 the tle-new.txt
 file. These are all roughly the same altitude and 6 degrees
 inclination. One
 is out in front of the others significantly. Probably pretty
 easy to look at
 the RCS and figure which is LAPAN-A2, as it is fairly big
 compared to the
 other secondary payloads.
 For my location at ~28.3N, I see about 5 passes a day,
 clumped together in a
 row, with max elevations of 3-4 degrees, and max length of
 ~7-8 minutes. I
 think if you are north of 30 degrees, you will be out of
 luck on this one.
 When the APRS digi is activated, I will plan on a gateway
 with a good
 performing low elevation antenna. This could become an
 important resource to
 boaters and such in the Caribbean, especially with the high
 revisit rate. It
 will be quite the boon for the low latitude ops who
 don't get the same
 number and quality of passes from polar orbiters as those
 north of the
 73, Drew KO4MA
 1 40930U 15052A   15271.78805001  .00000636  00000-0 
 00000+0 0  9998
 2 40930   5.9961  25.6324 0012569   1.1177  71.2694
 14.76109362    97
 1 40931U 15052B   15271.78630001  .00000639  00000-0 
 00000+0 0  9998
 2 40931   5.9992  25.6568 0013796   3.6374  59.9065
 14.76340487    80
 1 40932U 15032C   15271.78522595  .00000640  00000-0 
 00000+0 0  9997
 2 40932   6.0047  25.6912 0014433  12.5061  45.7809
 14.76569231    87
 1 40933U 15052D   15271.78414840  .00000641  00000-0 
 00000+0 0  9994
 2 40933   6.0035  25.7250 0013915  10.3986  42.4641
 14.76757899    84
 1 40937U 15052H   15271.78277109  .00000675  00000-0 
 00000+0 0  9990
 2 40937   5.9541  25.2141 0029532  80.0353 332.8819
 14.80192300    95
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