[amsat-bb] Re: Shuttle lift?

George Henry ka3hsw at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 5 20:41:55 PST 2007

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Subject: [amsat-bb] Shuttle lift?

> Hello
> I believe this subject has in the past been thrashed around.  Perhaps for 
> some new members it might be worth "rethrashing".  The shuttle seems to 
> have a lot of room and  our satellites are fairly small.  If I recall they 
> (NASA) does not want any satellite with fuel.  On Oct 6, 1990 the Ulysses 
> spacecraft was carried into earth orbit, then with the solid-fuel motors 
> put it in a eliptical solar orbit.  That was 17 years ago, and the policy 
> has probably changed.
> 73 Bob W7LRD
> Seattle

Fuel or no fuel, they (NASA) also want several million dollars to carry 
anything up there, whether it stays up there or comes back.  I don't think 
that the shuttle has ever been an economically viable option for an AMSAT 

George, KA3HSW

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