[amsat-bb] Re: LEO to HEO
andres at msu.edu
Thu Oct 18 15:16:55 PDT 2012
On 10/18/12 08:44, Joshua wrote:
> Morning folks,
> I'm a relatively new ham and started following amsat only a few months so forgive something of a novice question.
> The biggest trouble I see the community hitching a ride to a high orbit although low orbits seem to be easy to get. So my question is this, who says we can't launch a sat in LEO and design it to move itself up to a higher orbit? I mean if NASA can build probes capable of reaching mars, it stands to reason we can build a bird to move only a few thousand miles.
> Joshua Abraham, KJ4VYR
It absolutely could be done -- with the right amount of money.
I'm not sure that a kick motor would ultimately be cheaper
than a flight designed to get something into HEO, nor as safe.
It's really all about money, several millions of little dollarettes...
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