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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS026 (1995)

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ARLS026 OSCAR 17 link fails

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Space Bulletin 026  ARLS026
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  December 12, 1995
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS026
ARLS026 OSCAR 17 link fails

The DOVE-OSCAR 17 satellite 2-meter downlink failed December 3, and
the AMSAT control team is not sure why.  While it's not clear if the
problem resulted from a computer crash aboard the spacecraft, the
control team plans to try reloading the software to see if that
fixes it.  The satellite's S-band transmitter is on, and the
permanent onboard backup software is working.

Jim White, WD0E, of AMSAT says reloading DOVE is a complex process
that could take from two weeks to a month if all goes well and there
are no hardware problems.  White says reloading requires a lot of
operational skill and some unique equipment configurations, plus
more than one command station.

DOVE-OSCAR 17 is used for educational and research purposes.
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