[amsat-bb] Re: Vega to launch in February
w7lrd at comcast.net
Tue Jan 10 13:50:29 PST 2012
We should have "something" sitting on the shelf "somewhere" just for these and whatever opportunities.
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From: tosca005 at umn.edu
To: g0mrf at aol.com
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Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:20:31 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Vega to launch in February
You failed to quote the most fascinating part of the article:
> The caution is well advised. Statistics show that some two-thirds of the
rockets introduced in the past 20 years have had an unsuccessful first
> It is for this reason that the satellites carried on the "qualification"
> flight have been given a free ride.
OK, a 66% chance that our satellite would simply blow up, but a 33% chance
that we could get a satellite a free ride into a polar orbit. Hmmm... Don't
we have some hardware "sitting on the shelf" that we could offer up to the
gods of maiden launches??? Like a linear transponder instead of a
single-channel FM transponder?
John, Amsat-NA LM #2292
On Jan 10 2012, g0mrf at aol.com wrote:
>300 x 1450km
"Europe has named Thursday 9 February as the day it intends to launch its
new Vega rocket for the very first time.
The 30m-tall vehicle has been developed to take payloads up to 1.5 tonnes
into a polar orbit, and will fly from the Kourou spaceport in French
The project has been led by Italian industry and is years behind on its
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