[amsat-bb] Re: Re-purposing ATVs
GW1FKY at aol.com
Fri Apr 4 00:46:14 PST 2008
I am not being negative and "Yes if Only" - However there is more than
the provision of amateur radio equipment and antennas to consider.
It would not meet with the original objectives for the spacecraft - Apart
from the consideration of the rubbish
on board it would become another piece of "junk" in space and therefore a
hazard especially when it starts
to fall into the orbit paths of other spacecraft.
Someone would have to be responsible to monitor and control this aspect
which among many other considerations would I regret mean it would be rejected.
Don't forget that this is only the first of a number
of these spacecraft to be launched and the past few weeks with the dummy
runs being used as part of a
procedure for the future.
This area alone must have cost a significant amount time and money for the
Safety Cases,Risk Assessment, documentation ,training etc. etc. etc.
I regret to say I do not think that we would have any positive agreement for
a re-run of these costs just for the
sake of amateur radio.
I am sure that the "SuitSat" team and others participating in some of our
projects could confirm the way things have changed since our earlier days. The
process and current difficulties in time and costs now do
mean it is very hard going for our hobby sad to say.
Ideas are always worth listening to and also prove a useful learning curve
to all, so thanks for your proposal
and I really do wish that it could be adopted.
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