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AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor Battery Condition


AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor Battery Condition The Fox-1A (AO-85) CubeSat has been turned off until further notice due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition, control operator Mark Hammond, N8MH, has announced. In December, AO-85 experienced precarious battery voltage drops during eclipse periods; it’s believed that the batteries suffered degradation due to heat during previous no-eclipse periods, making it difficult to keep the satellite available without risking battery damage. To extend the satellite’s usable life, both the internal housekeeping unit (IHU) and the transmitter were shut down, ceasing all transmissions.    More



(Source: ARRL - Feb 14)

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