[amsat-bb] Re: 2M1EUB/P VIA AO7 HAND HELD ANTS
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Sun Oct 18 09:56:58 PDT 2009
> AMSAT ARE YOU LISTENING??? FOOT PRINT BEING IMPORTANT!!
Of course we are. Satellites aren't launched on desire only.
Earlier this year I was in contact with the only launch provider I could
find who had launches to over 800km. They had no secondary opportunities
A launch to 600 to 800 km for an AO-51 sized satellite would cost 400k
to 800k dollars from all the providers we've spoken to. That's almost as
unobtainable on our own as the 10 million for Intelsat or 7 million for P3E.
I think our best chance to get back to a higher orbit is going to be
hitching a ride on someone else's satellite, and we are actively
pursuing this in several directions. If you work for someone who could,
or know of an opportunity to carry a 1 or 2 kilo package to orbit, and
provide us with ~5 watts of power, please email me privately with
details. We have the hardware, as a direct result of the
SuitSat-2/Arissat-1 effort. All we need is the ride.
73, Drew KO4MA
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