[amsat-bb] Re: A0 40 replacement
n0jy at n0jy.org
Wed Sep 4 15:09:26 PDT 2013
I would not say that AMSAT has abandoned HEO. Rather, launch
opportunities that exist now are being utilized. Would you rather sit
dormant and let all existing birds fail or re-enter while waiting for an
And AMSAT is just learning to build cubesats. For AMSAT-NA, Fox-1 is a
first. If we're going to fly HEO, we had better be good at building a
reliable satellite in a cubesat (be it 1, 3, or 6U) format. The first
HEO launch opportunity is not the time to figure that out!
While HEO launch opportunities do not exist now, but that does not mean
that AMSAT isn't pursuing them as Drew pointed out, nor that AMSAT would
not build an HEO satellite when opportunities do come. In the meantime,
we are making lemonade and preparing through practice.
On 9/4/2013 4:25 PM, Michael wrote:
> I'm almost fifty one years old and I'm now convinced that we will not
> see another HEO in orbit in my lifetime...if ever. The economic
> environment to do it just doesn't exist anymore. AMSAT has as much as
> told everyone that by abandoning their efforts and concentrating on
> LEO cubesats. No one is going to come out and say that we absolutely
> will never have one, they like to keep that glimmer of hope alive but
> the writing is on the wall. No one wants to be wrong more than I do
> but I'd bet you P3-E never flies.
> Michael, W4HIJ
> On 9/3/2013 3:32 PM, John Becker wrote:
>> Anything new on a replacement.
>> Have not see a thing myself.
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