[amsat-bb] Re: HEO Launch Costs
domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Thu Jul 17 09:13:42 PDT 2008
----- Original Message -----
From: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>
To: "Luc Leblanc" <lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca>; "Dave Guimont"
<dguimon1 at san.rr.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:00 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] HEO Launch Costs
> At Ham Radio 2008 the AMSAT-DL P3E update included the statement that "the
> cost quoted by Arianespace for the launch of P3E is outside the budget of
Hi John, KD6OZH
Even if the cost quoted by Arianespace for the launch of P3E is outside the
budged of AMSAT-DL I am confident that they will find the strategy and the
policy to get it into orbit because P3E will carry the X band transponder
that has been designed to test the possibility to use the X band for the
Mars probe P5A and many scientific Institutions are interested in P5A
In the following paper written for P5A
Doctor Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC writes:
"Such a mission requires money which can certainly not be raised from
AMSAT or from amateur radio. Ho-wever, since such a project finds
interest for many reasons from other institutions, and the ability to
finance such a mission appears to be a smaller problem, if it remains in the
scope of customary AMSAT projects."
In my opinion if the ability to finance a P5A mission appears to be a
smaller problem it seems to me that to finance a P3E launch should be
not impossible with the help of the scientific Institutions +Arianespace
and the amateur community.
The good policy and strategy of AMSAT-DL was to include a X band
experiment into P3E wich is vital to test the ability to use the X band
for P5A and many scientific Institution like Bockum are interested in
If P5A becomes a reality in the future many amateur stations will cooperate
to collect telemetry from the Mars probe and so our amateur contribution to
the scientific Institutions will pay the effort to have P3E launched for the
rest of the amateur satellite communications.
It seems to me that P3E and P5A are based both on a scientific and amateur
interest because they are casted over a common solid pillar that make
happy at the same time scientist people and the amateurs community.
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