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AO 51

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Mission type  Amateur radio
COSPAR ID  2004-025K
Website  The Echo Project Page
Inclination  98.22°
Rocket  Dnepr
Launch site  Baikonur Cosmodrome
Operator  AMSAT-NA
SATCAT no.  28375
Inclination  98.22°
Launch date  29 June 2004
Manufacturer  AMSAT
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Launch mass  11.14 kilograms (24.6 lb)
Similar  Saudi‑OSCAR 50, AMSAT‑OSCAR 7, OSCAR 40, HAMSAT, UoSAT‑2

Ham radio ao 51 satellite again


AO-51 is the in-orbit name designation of a now defunct (following battery failure) LEO amateur radio satellite of the OSCAR series; formerly known as ECHO, built by AMSAT. It was launched on June 29, 2004 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Dnepr launch vehicle. It is in sun synchronous low Earth orbit.

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AO-51 contains an FM repeater with both 144 MHz (V band) and 1.2 GHz (L band) uplinks and 435 MHz (U band) and 2.4 GHz (S band) downlinks. It also contains a digital subsystem that transmits telemetry on 70 cm and provides a complete PACSAT BBS that can be configured on both V band and S band uplinks. As well, there is a 10-meter PSK uplink.

AO-51 has four VHF receivers, two UHF transmitters, six modems, and 56 channels of telemetry. The two UHF transmitters are connected to four phased antennas, yielding right-hand circular polarization for the 435.300 downlink and left-hand circular polarization for the 435.150 downlink.

The AO-51 FM satellite was easily workable with an amateur radio VHF dual band hand-held radio, as long as you knew when the satellite's footprint was within reach. Transatlantic contacts had been made without much effort, as long as the satellite was approximately mid-Atlantic so that the edge of the satellites footprint was within reach on either continent.

As of May 2011 the satellite faced problems with the battery. By September, a work around for the battery issue was found, bringing the repeater back in use. On November 29, 2011, the AO-51 Command Team announced that AO-51 has ceased transmission and is not responding to commands.

Ham radio ao 51 satellite demonstration


References

AO-51 Wikipedia


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