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Re: Right-sizing a sat

>From: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@gte.net>
>Reply-To: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@AMSAT.Org>
>To: "Robert Oler" <cvn65vf94@msn.com>
>CC: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Right-sizing a sat
>Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 03:59:27 -0000
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Robert Oler" <cvn65vf94@msn.com>
>To: <kd6ozh@AMSAT.Org>
> > If the SBS had been constructed for it how many AO-10 class satellites 
> > you think we could have launched on the ArianeV?
> >
>Four AO-10s would fit in the SBS along with a mechanism to eject them, but
>each would require its own rocket engine, fuel tanks, batteries and
>electronics. My guess is that this would have been more expensive than 
>and required additional personnel and time that were not available. The 
>problem for me is that four new AO-10s would not have reduced ground 

I think the last sentence sums up our differences.  I dont view reducing 
ground station requirments much beyond AO-10 and 13 as a very important 
goal.  My suggestion is that the number of people it will bringto the 
satellites is trivial compared to the difficulties that it imposes on the 

I would rather have four Ao-10 birds OR two slightly larger birds then one 
superbird particularly one that probably wont live up to what its billing 
was.  I hope that I am wrong on the latter but.....

Robert Oler WB5MZO Houston TX

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