[amsat-bb] Why not a HEO?

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 04:18:29 PST 2011

Okay, usually I don't comment on the hot topics on AMSAT-BB.  I prefer to comment on the technical questions and issues. Maybe work has me feeling feisty this morning, so here it comes :)

Why not a HEO?  I can think of about 15 million reasons...that's a reference to money, if you didn't catch it.

A good debate can be enjoyable.  I'm okay if the outcome is that we disagree as topics are discussed.  But regarding another HEO, it's quite simple, as I see it:

1) We all want a HEO.

2) It doesn't look like we're going to be able to afford a HEO.  

Our best chance is for somebody to hit a $300M lottery and lay out the cash in one big chunk.  Or, somebody hits the "launch lottery" such that we get a free ride (probability is about the same these days...)

If you don't like the FM bids, vote with your radio's power button.   And play the lottery! 

See?  I told you it was simple ;) 

Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH] 

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