[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 end of mission

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Tue Nov 29 12:37:40 PST 2011

Yes, thanks for all of the great work with AO51.  I do have a question,
though.  Please don't think that I am being critical of AO51, the design
team, or the command team, because I am not.  That have all done a great
job.  What I am curious about is this: AO27 has been going for 18 years and
is still doing fine.  AO51 made it around 6 years.  What is the main
difference between the 2 satellites that might explain the 300% difference
in operational life?

73s John AA5JG

On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM, Peter Portanova <wb2oqq at verizon.net> wrote:

> Drew,
> I first want to wish you and your growing family the very best for the
> Holidays!
> AO-51, has been one of my best satellite recruiting tools and I will
> certainly miss her, however she gave us many wonderful years of faithful
> service, good bye dear friend.
> Drew, it is also important to note that you and the control team, managed
> AO-51 in a manner that I believe extended her life, thank you.
> As you noted we all must continue to support  AMSAT's Fox-1 project, and
> other AMSAT projects  I believe thru Amateur Satellites we have found a
> potential path to excite the children today and continue the STEM
> initiative.
> 73's Pete
> www.massapequanyweather.com
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