[amsat-bb] Thank You to the ARISSat-1 Team

Joseph Armbruster josepharmbruster at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 09:46:57 PDT 2011

I would like to send a personal Thank You to AMSAT and the ARISSat-1 Team.

You overcame an enormous amount of challenges in order to make this happen.
 I am personally thankful for all of your hard work.  From a technical
standpoint, you had to manage a design change (suitsat -> arissat), the new
design, materials, fabrication, assembly and software.  From a scheduling
standpoint, you had to deal with volunteer schedules, NASA, the Russian
Federal Space Agency and all sorts of other events.  From a logistics
standpoint, you had to move materials all over the planet so that everyone
could do their part.

And keep in mind, the volunteers making this happen mostly have full-time
jobs, families and many other things to do :-)

When I tell non-ham (non-Amsat people) that I know how: """AMSAT built a
satellite 'in a garage', had it delivered to the ISS and it's now in orbit
sending down pictures, yadda, yadda""", you should see the looks on peoples
faces!!  I get the goose bumps just thinking about it.

It is truly an amazing feat and an outstanding accomplishment for AMSAT.

As far as the failures are concerned, I will defer to a magnet that I have
on my workbench that says: "Success is going from failure to failure without
a loss of enthusiasm".

Thank you all for your hard work,
Joseph Armbruster

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