[amsat-bb] Re: European Lunar Lander - Call for Declarations

Stefan Wagener wageners at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 17:58:44 PDT 2012

Thanks Dan,

Point well taken. Now, keep in mind we can find 1001 reasons why not. On
the other hand, how about reasons to do it? How many times will we ever get
a "free" ride to the moon surface? At this stage we need to declare our
interest and yes ITAR is a potential problem. However, how about we support
AMSAT-DL (in case they go for it) or AMSAT-UK or AMSAT-IT. Encourage them
to move on this. There are means and ways (for the US) to work with others
without being limited by ITAR. It is just too bad that so many times we
seem to focus on the difficulties and loose sight of the opportunities.

Thanks again, appreciate your feedback.

Stefan VE4NSA

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM, Daniel Schultz <n8fgv at usa.net> wrote:

> Keep in mind that any ham radio transponder on the moon will not be an
> "easy
> sat". You will need an EME class station to work it.
> If we build a lunar transponder, we can expect to see many, many postings
> on
> Amsat-BB about how Amsat only cares about elite hams and is not interested
> in
> building satellites for the common ham.
> I'm not saying it wouldn't be fun to have a transponder on the moon, and
> we in
> the USA might even be able to help you build it if they get ITAR fixed in
> time, but we better put on the flame proof trousers when we announce the
> project to the masses.
> Dan Schultz N8FGV
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