DSP Satellite Build

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  1. Joy Cohn

    Joy Cohn New Member

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    I've been developing a model of a Defense Support Program satellite - the bigger variety. The project has been sitting idle a while and I wanted to take it out and dust it off. It doesn't lack much and it'll be finished in approximately 1/48th scale.

    I'll try to have build pictures soon.

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  2. Zathros

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    This looks very interesting! Any background info would be highly appreciated. Thanks! :)
  3. RocketmanTan

    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    Wow, looks great! I've always been interested in spy satellites and the like. Can't wait to see more!
  4. Joy Cohn

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    Reference Info

    Aha, of course, 'what the heck is it?'.

    I prefer to consult the Great Wiki, who has the best description around.

    One can search on 'DSP Satellite' or go here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Support_Program

    This model represents the later versions - DSP-I, which starts with bird #14. This design has been superseded by the SBIRS satellites.
  5. Joy Cohn

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    I'll be creating the IUS as well, so that it can be built in launch or deployed versions. Should go well with Thorsten's 1/48th Shuttle.

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  6. Joy Cohn

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    More Pics

    I've made some progress, between work and a nasty cold which made progress difficult.

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    Retired_for_now New Guy

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    There's a simple IUS included with the Magellan Venus space probe over at the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center (jlesie48.com - in the post-Apollo models). Might be of use.

    Interesting project.

    Yogi
  8. Zathros

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    Great start Jtalie! I look forward to the final outcome. :)
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    This is looking great, I to am looking forward to the final outcome.
  10. Joy Cohn

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    More soon

    Thanks - that internal support needed some tweaking

    As for the IUS - I've been contemplating how to do the ribs. I have the shapes drawn (I don't often need to unfold things and work out the shapes mathematically.

    This may be small enough to just paint them on: building would be simplified a great deal.

    Take a look at my Tiros at nielspapermodels.com and see what I mean. That's a big model which needs the bottom supports. But the sensors and anti-spin systems are just drawn on and look fine. I'd have to double the size before I'd consider any extra parts.

    Thanks again. This will look even better when I start adding the panel wings on the bottom.
  11. Joy Cohn

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    Data Bus Installation

    Starting to look like a model.

    Also notice, the body tube in the back is the fit testing on an X-17 model. More on that later.

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  12. Zathros

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    Just love it, keep it up. Many are following, even if they don't post!
  13. Joy Cohn

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    Progess

    Sorry for the lack of posts - work has been busy for a long time and during this build I realized I needed to redesign a couple of the parts on this model and create some internal support.
  14. Zathros

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    It happens to all of us, it's called life. :)