[amsat-bb] ANS-199 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin - AMSAT Fox-1C Launch Opportunity Announced

Phil Karn karn at ka9q.net
Sat Jul 19 21:50:08 UTC 2014

On 07/19/2014 02:04 PM, Jerry Buxton wrote:

> other three would be "ready to fly" if other opportunities came up.  If
> you're going to spend the time developing them, why not partner for free
> launches (ELaNa) for more than one?  The opportunities for an FM
> transponder and educational outreach are good.  I still have
> universities looking to partner.

Ah, because launches are scarce and expensive, and (re)developing even
"the same old thing" consumes much of AMSAT's limited resources. And
they're limited because we have yet to interest more than a tiny niche
in what we're doing.

It's great to have universities looking to partner, but what do they
bring to the table, really? Are we sure they're not just looking for
free spectrum?

> one flying soon, so that we can learn how well they work and apply those
> lessons to Fox-2 while we're working out the design.

We already know how well they'll work because we've done the same thing
many times before. I hate to say it, but this is no longer "rocket
science". The physics is well understood, and those same physics tell us
how we could accomplish so much more with our (currently) limited resources.


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