In a shocking turn of events in the amateur satellite community, AMSAT-NA is claiming AMSAT-UK steered their AO-73 Funcube satellite into the AMSAT-NA AO-85 Fox 1 bird. NORAD satellite tracking confirmed at 0200Z a combined debris path consistent with the orbits of both satellites. Both satellites are silent and assumed totally destroyed. AMSAT-NA officials in a press conference called the move by AMSAT-UK an “act of war” and promised swift retaliation but wouldn’t give details on the next move. AMSAT-UK officials taunted AMSAT-NA with several incendiary tweets.
In other satellite news, North Korea announced their plans to launch the first of many amateur radio satellites. The satellites were described as being “worthy of Supreme Leader” and will feature outrageously over-modulated audio similar to North Korean state run television so that North Koreans can properly understand each other when communicating through the satellites.
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“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Let me see, posted on April 1st …..:-)