[amsat-bb] Re: Phase 3-E Launch date?
domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Fri May 23 14:11:31 PDT 2008
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF" <kb1sf at kcbassociates.com>
To: <amsat-bb at AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 5:58 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Phase 3-E Launch date?
> Greetings All!
> Does anyone have any word regarding the final integration and actual
launch dates for Phase 3-E? Was anything about Phase 3-D discussed at
> Everything I'm reading on the AMSAT-DL Web site is devoid of any firm
launch dates and the AMSAT-NA Web site simply says "January 2009".
> How firm is that date? Has a launch contract been let?
> KB1SF / VA3KSF
> Past President
Hi Keith, KB1SF / VA3KSF
I am very surprised that you as a Past President AMSAT-NA are asking to this
people on this BB about the launch date of P3-E
There are or not official connections between you AMSAT-NA and the BOD of
Regarding the launch of P3-E I hnow that AMSAT-DL have close contacts
and discussing various possible launch opportunities.
However, the costs they still want to have for such a launch are too
high for AMSAT-DL alone and therefore they have not yet finally sign a
launch contract for a specific launch.
As far I know AMSAT-DL have already invested 1,5 Mio EUR into building
the spacecraft and work continues.
As far I know AMSAT-DL is currently working hard to cover the launch costs
(of abt 1 Mio. EUR) by other sources, but to finish P3E and keep the
infrastructure they still need support by the community and so if we want
P3-E becomes a reality we all users and particularly those people
commercially interested in this venture must pull for P3-E donating "money"
to AMSAT-DL othervise in the future only the LEO FM birds will be the last
Amateur Radio Satellite frontiere i.e. a step back before OSCAR-10 in a
previous time when the Amateur Radio Satellite communication between
Continents was impossible.
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE says on this BB
> WORK AS ONE INTERNATIONAL AMSAT PUT ONE FUNDING
> STRUCTURE FOR A REAL HEO SATELLITE, TAKE ONE PROJECT
> AT A TIME COMPLETE IT AND LAUNCH IT
> AND GO FOR THE NEXT ONE
and also he says
"13 rail wagon passing by and I still wait................"
Best 73" de
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