Radio Amateurs on NASA TV

Jerry Buxton N0JY on NASA TV

Jerry Buxton N0JY on NASA TV

Radio amateurs Jerry Buxton, N0JY and Courtney Duncan, N5BF were on the panel at a NASA prelaunch briefing on Wednesday, October 7.

Participants in the news briefing discussed several of the specific CubeSats aboard the National Reconnaissance Office’s NRO-L55 mission. Four of the CubeSats are NASA-sponsored and nine are NRO-sponsored, one of which was developed with NASA funding. The mission is scheduled to launch Oct. 8 from California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base.

The panel comprised:
• Richard Welle, director, Microsatellite Systems department at The Aerospace Corporation
• Tim Olson, principal investigator for BisonSat, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana
• Morgan Johnson, team lead for the ARC CubeSat, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
• Jerry Buxton, N0JY vice president, Engineering, for AMSAT Fox-1
• Courtney Duncan, N5BF, principal investigator for LMRST-Sat, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Jerry described the Fox-1A mission and science, and answered questions.

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