[amsat-bb] Launch weight (mass) of Phase 3-E (Express)?
n8hm at arrl.net
Tue Jun 11 23:27:45 UTC 2019
Keep in mind that it’s not just the $10-$15 million estimated launch cost
that is an obstacle. A molniya orbit passes through the GPS belt altitude
and potentially through both the protected LEO and GEO altitudes depending
on perigee/apogee of the orbit. A future HEO will need an orbital debris
mitigation plan acceptable to the government the satellite is licensed by.
On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 19:08 Nicholas Mahr KE8AKW via AMSAT-BB <
amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> That is hard to say exactly for sure as it actually has not been done yet.
> Maybe somebody else out there knows? I do know AO-10/13 was around 140kg at
> launch with fuel and is 90kg without fuel. So it would be significantly
> less as the fuel does weigh a lot (50kg?). Also a quick search shows that a
> 400N motor weights around 9.5 pounds, so minus that.Unfortunately that
> launch opportunity for the direct launch to a Molniya type orbit was
> scrapped. Hopefully AMSAT find some sort of a affordable launch opportunity
> for it here soon in the up coming years. It is difficult enough now a days
> just to get a 1-2kg cubesat into LEO unfortunately.
> 73 - Nick KE8AKW
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