This site contains my opinions and ideas only, not the opinions or ideas of any organization I work for. It’s my idea playground, and I’m inviting you in. Welcome! Click on the link below to get the latest TMRR episode. There will be no TMRR next week–I’m gonna be really, REALLY busy. https://tmrr.podbean.com/e/episode-5-noaa-means-no/ . On […]Read More The Mission Readiness Review–Episode 5: NOAA Means NO!!
What does a satellite operator do if someone jams its broadcast signal? Specifically, what does Arabsat do when someone jams its TV signals in Africa and the Middle East? According to this Satellite Today post, the company first finds out where this “intentional uplink interference” is coming from. Then it takes its case to the International […]Read More Jam On It!–Arabsat’s Ethiopian Space Jam Problem
During the last lesson, you might have been enlightened with the information that even though the Soviets have used, and Russians do use, geosynchronous (GEO) orbits for satellites, they seem to have a special place in their vodka-filled hearts for the highly elliptical orbit (HEO). And that last lesson enumerates the reasons why they like it. For one particular […]Read More Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 4–Moley, Moley, Moley, Molniya!
This is more of a **yawn** for me, as I’m not the biggest sports fan in the world. Maybe not even the millionth biggest. But there are a lot of people who inexplicably are–especially those soccer (“football” for everyone not in the US) fans. Good news then, for those fans: satellites and frequencies have been […]Read More Why Space Matters: 2014 FIFA World Cup–30,000 Hours of It
You might remember in another aside I posted, I noted the Chinese may not be just targeting the United States with their space activities, but their Indian neighbors, too. Well, according to this article, the Indians just had one of their communications satellites, GSAT-7, launched on an Ariane-5 out of Kourou, French Guiana. It’s just […]Read More Of elephants for satellites