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Re: Right-sizing a sat

>From: "Gary \"Joe\" Mayfield" <gary_mayfield@hotmail.com>
>CC: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Right-sizing a sat
>Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 17:00:19 -0600
>In reply to some of the snipped message Ariane 4 was a viable launch
>platform for AO-40 (It sure was discussed as one), we just happened to ride
>on Arianne 5, and we were NOT the biggest bird on the ride.
>Okay here goes.  History has shown those who expect to fail generally do.
>Let me explain (or ask my question as the case maybe).  What is the
>prevailing mind set of "we will never be able to do something like that
>again"?  This is like saying, well our first 386 computer wasn't a total
>success, so I gues we will be using 286s forever.  If anything I hope the
>next combined multinational AMSAT effort has more cool stuff, not less.  If
>I am sure of anything it is that technology has yet to peak.  I am all in
>favor of small sats, LEO sats, quick sats, and easy sats, but what is so 
>about about people getting together and making a big effort to build, 
>and operate a "show case" bird?  So we can't launch one every six weeks, 
>deal.  IF AO-40 is deemed a unsuccessfull (I'm still thinking positive and
>do not believe this will happen).  Let's learn our lessons, take our lumps
>and move onward and upward not backward and downward.
>My Opinion Alone,

so if AO-40 turns out to be just a large AO-10 and AO10 dies tomorrow then 
how do you think waiting for another show case bird will effect the amateur 
satelite community?  The folks who are going to supply most of the radios?

Robert Oler WB5MZO Houston TX

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