[amsat-bb] I want this. I want that. Here comes another FM LEO sat.

Bryce Salmi bstguitarist at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 07:26:29 UTC 2014

By usher in he was clearly referring to gaining technical abilities as a
group to attack more complex satellites.

On Monday, July 21, 2014, Phil Karn <karn at ka9q.net> wrote:

> On 07/21/2014 05:36 PM, Clayton Coleman wrote:
> > It's very easy to be a pessimist or a cynic.  Very little risk is
> > involved.  It doesn't take any cojones to sit in a comfy chair and
> > email snarky comments. If you are optimistic about a project and it
> > fails, your peers may see your actions as a fool.
> I absolutely agree, but I must ask you about something you said earlier:
> > I am pleased that AMSAT-NA is going to move forward with a LEO
> > CubeSat, single channel, analog FM transponder.  If successful, it
> > will be immensely popular worldwide. My hope is that it will help
> > usher in a new, improved series of satellites with more advanced
> > payloads.
> I'm confused. My understanding of the idiomatic expression "usher in" is
> that something new and presumably revolutionary is being introduced,
> e.g., to "usher in a new era".
> What, exactly, will a new LEO, single channel, analog FM transponder
> satellite "usher in" that none of the previous LEO, single channel,
> analog FM satellites managed to usher in?
> Will the tiny cubesat form factor (to which we've been relegated by the
> intense competition for launches from the small satellite revolution we
> pioneered) make the difference this time? If not, what will?
> The most common argument I've seen for launching more analog FM LEO
> satellites is that they are needed to replace existing analog FM LEO
> satellites that are now failing. Is that "ushering in" something new?
> --Phil
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