QSO Today with Michelle Thompson - W5NYV on Amateur Satellites

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  1. 4Z1UG

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    Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, is a third generation amateur, beginning her ham radio journey in elementary school. Her interest in microwave circuit design and computers led her to a successful engineering career and now a board member of AMSAT. Michelle is an advocate for open source applied to satellite design fueling future generations of amateur spacecraft. W5NYV is my QSO Today.

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  3. DJ0AJ

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    michelle thompson greeting you have greet qso vy73 djoaj ekrem
  4. DJ0AJ

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    4z5ug eric have nice weekend vy73 DJOAJ ekrem
  5. DJ0AJ

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    MICHELLE THOMPSON suckses fully vy73 DJOAJ ekrem wish all the best
  6. DJ0AJ

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    W5NYV . manny suckses yv73 djoaj ekrem michelle tompson sincerely
  7. W1YW

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    'Open source' on satellite design , for some, is a huge disincentive to enhance the wireless art in space. That's because the huge fixed costs of space qualification and launch are so high, that there is no way, under that premise, to either recover costs, nor to 'spin off' for other non-sat applications. It's not a question of 'greed', but access to capital, given the inability to pay for the innovation.

    'Open source' works well in situations where the predominant costs are sweat equity, and especially when the mode is software.

    Now if you can get a FREE ride on a rocket, then the option makes sense. But with more and more small sats coming up, and launchers going out of business (Vector in particular comes to mind--maybe they will survive a 'reboot') the 'free rides' will become less numerous.


    I am glad we have Michelle's perspective, which is a valuable one, but there are others that arise in the amateur and professional arena as well,with sats and wireless.

    Chip W1YW
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  8. W1YW

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    Here is a way to succeed at 'debris mitigation' (below). Michelle discusses the challenges of 'debris mitigation' in the podcast.

    This arose from earlier amateur radio innovation in fractal antennas. It's not 'debris' if you know what it is, and where it is.

    A 'free' non-exclusive offer of use from a non-open source enterprise was made with AMSAT under the prior president, which went away after AMSAT did not follow up. Same thing on a sat antenna design.

    Chip W1YW

    US Patent Application for Satellite Orbital Monitoring and Detection System Using Fractal Superscatterer Satellite Reflectors (FSR) Patent Application (Application #20200212587 issued July 2, 2020) - Justia Patents Search
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  9. WE4B

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    Unfortunately, this is the status quo for AMSAT-NA. It's a shame that AMSAT-NA will not take advantage of such generous offers. It is going to take the membership to install leadership that will work for the benefit of the members in these situations. Until that happens, members will hear reports such as this and will continue to lose out on opportunities.
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  10. W1YW

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    A shame when so many bright people have artificial barriers to moving forward!

    Michelle strikes me as a person who I would enjoy working with, for example.

    Chip W1YW
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