[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NA Priorities
John B. Stephensen
kd6ozh at comcast.net
Tue Aug 12 14:06:15 PDT 2008
I don't think that they have been dishonest. Either a HEO or GEO would meet
the stated goals for Eagle and they announced that they are talking to
Intelsat months ago. If a contract with Intelsat is signed it isn't killing
a HEO -- it's providing a GEO instead of nothing.
If you're thinking that Eagle in a geosynchronous orbit somehow kills P3E in
a Molniya orbit, I don't see how. Two programs aimed at different launch
agencies and different outside contributors only increases the changes for
something more than LEO satellites in the future.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Westbrook" <k7zt at suddenlink.net>
To: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:44 UTC
Subject: Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NA Priorities
> That certainly is one approach, I'm not saying that there is anything
> wrong with that, it's just a change in the stated goals of Eagle.
> The leadership needs to get in front of this and announce this is a
> significant shift in organizational strategy if indeed that is the plan.
> At they same time for the sake of honesty they should probably tell folks
> that this will end AMSAT-NA sponsorship of an HEO (Molmiya Orbit)
> anytime soon or even in their lifetime ;-/
> - Joe
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>
> To: "Joe Westbrook" <k7zt at suddenlink.net>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:05 AM
> Subject: Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NA Priorities
>>> It appears that leadership is allowing realities of
>>> a rare, expensive launch opportunity drive the mission rather than the
>>> mission driving the launch method, it's a bit like the tail wagging the
>>> don't you think?
>> AO-40 was the case of a rare launch opportunity driving the mission. The
>> AMSAT BoD has stated that the purpose of creating a relelationship with
>> Intelsat would be to provide multiple launch opportunities. It seems to
>> me that finding an affordable launch method should be the first step
>> rather than the last step.
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