[amsat-bb] Memorandum of Understanding
lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Thu Feb 22 07:06:44 PST 2007
I remember a Post with this title "TOWARDS A TRUE INTERNATIONAL AMSAT"
unfortunatly i lost the copy of it if someone can found this post and the
author i will be glad to received a copy of it.
Look like i speaking to myself again here but it's often the way i get the best
Memorandum of Understanding between
AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA
AMSAT-DL for the last five years has been building the P3-E spacecraft to be
launched into a HEO and intended as a replacement for previous P3 satellites.
It's purpose is to facilitate communication between radio-amateurs worldwide
and at the same time to test and verify technologies and procedures needed for
the P5-A mission to Mars. AMSAT-DL to this day has invested about 500,000 Euro
into this project.
AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-UK wish to contribute to the P3-E project, primarily with
the goal to have the launch of P3-E as early as possible in order to give to
their respective members the use of the communication services provided by P3-
It is recognized that the capability of AMSAT-DL to raise funds limits the
speed of the development of P3-E. In order to make a launch possible in 2008,
AMSAT-DL has an immediate need of 40,000 Euro and an estimated need of ~200,000
Euro prior to the actual launch-date. AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-UK wish to help with
the raising of these requirements by providing 30,000 Euro (AMSAT-NA) and
10,000 Euro (AMSAT-UK) in the near future. Furthermore, they wish to contribute
by raising additional funding as the actual launch arrangements materialize.
In order to achieve an effective cooperation in the funding effort and the
construction and launching of P3-E, the following details to implement the
cooperation are agreed:
1. The three AMSAT organizations will closely coordinate their activities
and monitor progress of the project by frequent mutual consultations on the
telephone. To this end the three parties will hold nominally a monthly
telephone conference to review the status of the project and to identify
problem areas. At this time the three organizations will be represented by
Rick, Jim and Peter at these telephone-conferences.
2. According to need, the three organizations agree to hold sufficiently
frequent meetings in person to review the project status. These meetings are
assumed to be desirable with a frequency of 6-12 month between them.
3. It is understood by all three organizations that procuring a timely
launch for P3-E is one of the bigger challenges of the project. AMSAT-DL is
concentrating major efforts of procuring a launch with Arianespace, while AMSAT-
NA is trying to develop a launch opportunity within the USA. All parties
recognize that major progress in funding is contingent on a firm launch
agreement. All parties further recognize that a timely construction and
integration of P3-E is critically dependent on all parties giving highest
priority to fulfilling their respective commitments.
4. All three organizations understand that funding progress is dependent on
effective information dissemination worldwide. To this end the three
organizations reiterate their mutual agreement that each organization can
publish all P3-E related publications of the other two organizations in their
respective public organs without special permission. Furthermore, each
organization is free to prepare 'official' statements about the project, but
these publications must be agreed with the project management of P3-E (AMSAT-
DL) prior to publication. Requests for agreement to publish will be sent to
Peter (or another person chosen by him), who will use best efforts to respond
within 7 days with an answer. With other publications by individual authors no
such agreement is necessary provided that the context makes it is clear that
the publication is not an official declaration by the project management or
5. AMSAT-DL reiterates that the operational use of P3-E will be primarily to
provide amateur radio communication services. But all parties also understand
that the spacecraft is a dual service satellite, and that AMSAT-DL retains the
right to occasionally reduce the provision of amateur radio services if work
towards P5-A requires this. A-DL will use due diligence to minimize the impact
of the P5-A requirements on the provision of amateur services.
For AMSAT-DL For AMSAT-NA For AMSAT-UK
Peter DB2OS Rick W2GPS J Jim G3WGM
"It is not the class of license the amateur holds, but the class of the amateur
that holds the license."
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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