• Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY, Appointed AMSAT Assistant Vice President - Engineering

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Wed Dec 15 21:44:35 2021
    12/15/2021

    AMSAT has announced that Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY, has been designated as Assistant Vice President - Engineering to oversee a new program tentatively named "Fox Plus."

    Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT's Vice President - Engineering, said, "Jonathan brought a new idea to me for continuous LEO [low-Earth orbit] presence through a refresh of AMSAT's Fox-1 FM satellite. In using the basic Fox-1 bus design, the ability to fly not only student STEM experiments but our own radio experiments as well, provides an opportunity to refresh the presence of LEO 'Easy-Sat' type communications and bring in new volunteer engineers to develop the new transceiver and power supply needed to resurrect Fox-1 type CubeSats."

    Brandenburg told Buxton that he intends to target frequent deliveries of Fox Plus CubeSats into orbit, wide use of open-source in the program, and utilizing the ASCENT platform for development of future iterations of Fox Plus. The 2022 Engineering budget includes funds for the program's startup. - Thanks to AMSAT News Service

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