[amsat-bb] Re: Phase 4 versus Eagle

Rick Hambly (W2GPS) w2gps at cnssys.com
Thu Dec 13 07:08:23 PST 2007


Intelsat has already told me that it is OK to attach a satellite with motor,
tank and fuel. In fact, they offered to fuel our satellite with the excess
fuel from filling their own tanks.


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Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:28 AM
To: Andrew Glasbrenner
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Phase 4 versus Eagle

I doubt that would ever happen. If I was the CEO of the launch sat i 
would never let an "amateur" rocket motor hitch a ride on my multi 
million dollar bird. Just like NASA won't let us do it.

If you can think of a way for us to get from GTO without a motor and 
fuel then it might happen.


At 10:08 PM 12/12/2007, you wrote:
>One of the possibilities I have not seen relayed well from the meetings to
>general knowledge is that it may be possible for Intelsat to attach Eagle
>one of their satellites, and drop us off in GTO on their way to GEO. This
>possibility alone is worth working this opportunity out to it's conclusion.
>It has become very apparent to me that we will not fund a HEO solely on our
>current membership donations. Ever. We have to go for the outside funding
>Tom mentioned, and the best way to do that is a simple, tool-like
>application like a GEO, geared heavily towards EMCOMM. Too many of us have
>taken the wait and see approach when it comes to supporting a HEO project.
>The money has to come first, then the satellite gets built and launched,
>the other way around.
>73, Drew KO4MA

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