[amsat-bb] Re: THE DMSP launch

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Sun Oct 18 16:30:43 PDT 2009

Do you think that they would agree to fly anything other than ballast? Have 
you talked to the project manager? AMSAT has flown satellites using excess 
space in the past because the launch agency agreed years in advance and the 
satellites were built to fit in that space.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rocky Jones" <orbitjet at hotmail.com>
To: "Rocky Jones" <orbitjet at hotmail.com>
Cc: "Amsat BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 17:12 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] THE DMSP launch

> "We have a unique opportunity with the Atlas 5/DMSP launch, as DMSP is
> a relatively lighter spacecraft than many of those that fly on Atlas.
> For that reason, we have a tremendous amount of performance margin.
> That's certainly not the case for some future missions that Atlas will
> be flying. So we're taking advantage of the opportunity before us to
> use some of that excess performance margin on the Atlas 5," said Col.
> Michael Moran, the Atlas Group commander.
> to bad we didnt have something to use that excess performance...they flew 
> ballast on the flight
> Robert WB5MZO
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