[amsat-bb] Re: Phase 5
kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Tue Dec 11 07:54:32 PST 2007
As a long-time member of AMSAT-NA starting with AO-6, I can agree
with the point that I hope the existing projects maintain their
momentum toward launch. Both P3E and Eagle should be seen into orbit
according to their project schedule, whether or not P4 happens.
They should be seen as the fulfillment of the mission since
OSCAR-1. Certainly, they will offer a great resource to the world's
amateur satellite community. P5A is a German government funded
project (as I understand it) and is a great opportunity to extend the
amateur satellite experience off-world into interplanetary
space. Already many hams are building (DSN) receivers and antennas
that are successfully copying government space probes out beyond the
local earth orbit. P5A will present a big challenge to us satellite
users that may eventually become a practical lesson for establishing
amateur radio on or near the Moon or beyond.
Ultimately, P4 offers a major asset to ham radio, and I hope it also
comes into full existence. Each mission offers its unique benefits
that do not detract from the whole. Small Cubesats (and other Leos)
will probably be continued best built by the Universities and other
organizations that can secure launch space. We need to support each
as much as we are able, since in the end these all are benefiting ham
radio in some degree or manner.
This is a big vision! Certainly, we need to keep project
management(s) on course for each. AMSAT members and the satellite
community at large should continue to overview the directions they
go. After all we are the ultimate users for much of the missions. I
hope we are major supporters, as well. That can take many forms, and
I will not bore you by listing them.
Best wishes for the future of Satellite Ham Radio...its looking good!
73 Ed - KL7UW
AMSAT Field Op in Alaska
At 04:36 AM 12/11/2007, John Marranca, Jr wrote:
>Point taken. I have seen it on the AMSAT-DL website. One can only wonder
>As a VP of AMSAT-NA, what are your feelings about it? I'm not trying to be
>a trouble-maker. I'm sure any of these projects has valuable technical
>merit. It just seems as though a satellite organization would place an
>emphasis on building satellites to communicate.
>If I offended you, I apologize whole-heartedly.
>John Marranca, Jr
>PBX Technician/Shop Steward CWA Local 1122
>BN Systems, Inc
>Orchard Park, NY
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