[amsat-bb] Re: High orbit satellites?

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Thu Aug 29 05:49:57 PDT 2013


Most of us really miss the old birds.  I was transferring satellite QSOs from the 1980s through the
early 2000s to my electronic logbook, and was amazed at what I worked.  

AMSAT-DL has an excellent P3 satellite, currently being updated, but essentially ready to go. Here is
the problem:  $5M - $10M launch costs to HEO. Even a super discount rate of $1M would be impractical.
In the old days, we could beg, borrow, and barter for launches at nominal rates on test flights.
Unfortunately, the launch industry has matured, and can find buyers for even the smallest spaces and
mass. Sometimes counties can get what I think of as National Prestige Rates for a first launch, but
those days are largely behind us.  Personally, I am confident that AMSAT-DL will fly their satellite,
but it is clear that future HEOs will be few and far between.

That is the highly abbreviated answer.



-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Peter Klein
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 1:59 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] High orbit satellites?

What are the chances that there will be another high-orbit satellite 
like AO-10 and AO-13?  Does AMSAT have any plans in that direction since 
the demise of AO-40?  My main satellite interest is live communication 
with faraway places, and I really miss those Molnya birds.

--Peter, KD7MW
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