Saying goodbye to HAMSAT VO-52.

Battery failure dooms Indian satellite.



AMSAT India’s amateur radio satellite, VO-52 has been decommissioned, effective 11 July 2014.  The satellite, with a design lifetime of only 1 year, was launched 05 May 2005.  The satellite exceeded all expectations and was a popular "bird" throughout South East Asia.  AMSAT India spokesman, Mani (VU2WMY) said the lithium ion batteries failed in VO-52 and attempts to bring the satellite back to life have failed.  Mani said "HAMSAT VO-52 will always be remembered by all of us here in ISRO as one of the greatest satellites of ours."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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