[amsat-bb] Re: 9 Cubesats selected for free ESA ride to space

Arthur Feller afeller at ieee.org
Sun Jun 8 13:43:15 PDT 2008

Hi, Domenico!

Thanks for writing.

On 8 Jun 2008, at 16:34, i8cvs wrote:
> The main problem here is that the Universities are able to bypass  
> both our
> national IARU member societies and our AMSAT national organizations
> and they get directly in contact with ESA

Actually, any "customer" can do that.  Remember, IARU member societies  
are private ground and, generally, not regulatory authorities.  What  
the member societies can do is approach their administrations when  
they see problems.

One might ask many administrations, including my own, whether or not  
they should review more carefully what their licensees are doing in  

> "But once they have the ESA/NASA/JAXA-sponsored GENSO project
> running, they will probably even not need our help anymore, but only  
> our
> frequencies !!! "

And, that, in a nutshell, is the point.  Some of the University  
related operations are legitimately amateur projects.  Others, in my  
opinion, are not.  Those are the ones that trouble me and others.

73, art.....
W4ART  Arlington VA

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