[amsat-bb] Re: So is P3E essentially dead at this point?

Michael Tondee mat_62 at netcommander.com
Tue Nov 10 13:18:32 PST 2009

I appreciate the answer Alan. I wasn't hearing anything about it and 
that does get discouraging. It would indeed be tragic for it never to 
see space after all the work that was put into it.
As I said, I do support the AMSAT NA board in what they are now trying 
to do. I think we should take any opportunity to get usable satellites 
in orbit, be it LEO or wherever. I also think it shouldn't matter 
whether they are FM or linear transponders, we should support all 
efforts.. Even though I'd like to see more linear transponders, it's 
tough to stomach the cynical and sarcastic attitude of some here towards 
the FM sats.
Michael, W4HIJ

Alan P. Biddle wrote:
> Michael,
> AMSAT-DL, with the occasional support of other AMSAT organizations, is still
> working on getting it launched.  I expect that it will find a ride, probably
> unexpectedly, as is often the case.  It would be a tragedy to someday find
> the launch article in a museum somewhere.  However, it is clear that
> launches beyond LEO are going to be few and far between for amateur
> satellites.  Hence the shift in emphasis you have noted.
> Alan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
> Behalf Of Michael Tondee
> Sent: 09 November, 2009 18:30
> To: Amsat BB
> Subject: [amsat-bb] So is P3E essentially dead at this point?
> I'm following with interest the post on FM versus linear transponders. 
> Right now I'm in the middle of putting together and FM LEO station that 
> can later be made SSB/CW capable with the addition of a new rig which  I 
> think I may be able to once again afford sometime after the first of the 
> year.
>  I've read all about the new direction Amsat NA is taking and I applaud 
> it as I think that's what's best.
> I still wonder about Amsat DL and P3E though. I don't hear much of 
> anything anymore.
> Last I heard, the figure Arianne space gave for launch was deemed beyond 
> reach and Amsat DL was going to try and get their government to help. 
> Just wondering what the status is. Is there still a chance we will see 
> it in orbit or is it just a poor dead bird mothballed in storage 
> somewhere now?
> 73,
> Michael, W4HIJ
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