[amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future
ka1rrw at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 2 08:32:09 PDT 2009
Of course, lets get more Universities involved and build more Leos satellites to fill those small ballast spots on new satellites.
The Moon option could be cheaper than a HEO's, if we can get it in as Public Relations NASA project. The cost to get a ride on a HEO satellite is multiple millions just for the ride into space. Amsat paid over a million dollars just to ride a Prototype Rocket (AO-4). If you want to ride a Non-prototype rocket to high orbit, add another 20 million. Cheap High orbit rocket rides are few and far between. The Moon is the most affordable ride option this decade.
20 years ago NASA was looking for ballast for the TDRS satellites. We had the opportunity to put a ham project on a few GEO satellites and missed the opportunity. Lets not miss the Moon.
--- On Thu, 7/2/09, David - KG4ZLB <kg4zlb at googlemail.com> wrote:
> From: David - KG4ZLB <kg4zlb at googlemail.com>
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 11:15 AM
> On the contrary, we need more LEO's
> to augment and replace the existing
> aged fleet.
> Whilst AMSAT works on the HEO's lets put some of our
> efforts towards the
> Universities who seem to regularly put up 2/70 satellites!
> Jack K. wrote:
> > I heard the same things when the first HEOs went up.
> It takes to much
> > money, it takes to much specialized equipment, it
> takes to much
> > knowledge, it is for elitists only... The bottom line
> is a LOT of hams
> > used them and it took some ingenuity, some new
> equipment, and yes we
> > all had to learn now things to use them. the bottom
> line is they
> > worked and worked well... My suggestion is quit
> looking at pitfalls
> > and problems as reasons not to do something, but as
> opportunities to
> > learn to accomplish new things (or improved
> communications anyway) and
> > move forward... We can put up all the leos we want,
> but until someone
> > makes something like B. Bruninga's cell concept work,
> we are only
> > going to have more of the same, We don't need more of
> the same!
> > DE - KD1PE
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: <kd8bxp at aol.com>
> > To: <bruninga at usna.edu>;
> "'Joe'" <nss at mwt.net>;
> "'MM'" <ka1rrw at yahoo.com>
> > Cc: "'Jack K.'" <kd1pe.1 at gmail.com>;
> <amsat-bb at amsat.org>;
> > <kg4zlb at gmail.com>
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