[amsat-bb] Re: So is P3E essentially dead at this point?
mat_62 at netcommander.com
Tue Nov 10 16:55:32 PST 2009
Very nice to hear. I do apologize for my earlier characterization of a
"a poor dead bird". Reading it over, it came out a bit harsher than I
meant. I hope I didn't offend anyone. Thank you very much for your hard
work and effort.
Peter Guelzow wrote:
> Hi Michael and Alan,
> I can only repeat what Alan already said...
> Work on P3-E is continuing and we are busy looking for launch
> possibilities and other ways for financing it, i.e. on coat-tails of the
> P5 Mars Mission.
> This is our top priority at the moment and that's why you may not have
> heard so much about P3-E these days.
> Substantial progress was recently made on the new IHU-3 and getting IPS
> working on it, the S/C operating system used on all previous P3 satellites.
> The new IHU-3 is not only essential for P3-E, but also for the P5-A Mars
> Due to some problems discussed here before, we had to find new people in
> our own team to do the work.
> We had some good articles in our past AMSAT-DL Journal, I hope
> translations will find their's way into other magazines...
> Peter, DB2OS
> Alan P. Biddle wrote:
>> 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.
>> -----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
>> 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?
>> Michael, W4HIJ
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