[amsat-bb] Re: a little perspective

Trevor . m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Aug 3 19:54:14 PDT 2011

Hi Bruce,

Yes the NASA announcer said 4 satellites, presumbly refering also to the one that's still in Russia and 2 in the States ?

Let's hope one more is sent up in time for the February space walk.

It must cost the Russians about $150,000 to ship each ARISSat to the ISS and the cost of 2 cosmonauts spending half an hour during a space walk to deploy it must be astronomical - how much did the Canadian golf firm, Element 21 pay to buy a Cosmomauts time to hit a golf ball in space ?

73 Trevor M5AKA

--- On Thu, 4/8/11, Bruce Robertson <ve9qrp at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder if I might hope that the
> outrage from us amchair cosmonauts
> will abate by tomorrow.
> Let's take a look at what we need and what we've got: as
> an
> organization, we need cheap rides to space; but we have
> some pretty
> find satellite-building expertise. The relationship with
> ISS will, if
> we are reasonable, give us cheap rides. The NASA-TV
> announcer
> repeatedly said that ARISSAT-1 was the prototype of a
> series of
> satellites! Already, we've had the opportunity to fly our
> first
> SDX.The cost of making more along the lines of ARISSAT-1 is
> minimal
> compared to the cost of the ride, so this is a crucial
> relationship.
> What does ISS want from our relationship? Probably, an
> increased sense
> of purpose: we get a ride, they get recognition, and
> perhaps a bit
> more TV time for the EVA, and a connection with student
> research.
> Here's where it counts for us to be polite in a difficult
> situation.
> Focusing on errors, nationalistic name-calling, and the
> rest, just
> diminish what they get out the bargain, and make things
> more difficult
> for those who work with us who have negotiated these
> waters.
> Besides, I think the criticisms underestimate the technical
> difficulty
> and novelty of what we've been part of. I've watched many
> EVAs, and
> the feeling that things are not exactly going by plan is
> pretty common
> (even when Americans are running the show :-) How do you
> most reliably
> ship and store a small satellite to an orbiting space
> station? How do
> you most safely jettison it during EVA? As a species we
> have very
> little experience with this, and didn't get it 100% this
> time. Surely,
> kudos is due to AMSAT for being part of the group that is
> trying to
> answer these questions.
> Anyway, I have more fun thinking of it that way. And I'm
> looking
> forward to downloading as much telemetry for Kursk as I
> can.
> 73, Bruce
> -- 
> http://ve9qrp.blogspot.com
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