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Re: FalconSat3

> I've always felt that it makes the most sense for AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL 
> to focus exclusively on HEO satellites and let universities and smaller 
> AMSAT groups focus on LEO satellites.  This is happening in a big way 
> now, thanks to King Abdulaziz University (SaudiSats), US Naval Academy 
> (PCsats), US Air Force Academy (FalconSats), AMSAT-VU (VO-52), and 
> AMSAT-ZL (KiwiSat).
> Wayne Estes W9AE
> Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik

Hi Wayne,

Your insightful comments made me want to remind everyone of the AMSAT-NA mission and vision statement:

   " AMSAT is a non-profit volunteer organization which designs, builds and operates experimental satellites and promotes space education. We work in partnership with government, industry, educational institutions and fellow amateur radio societies. We encourage technical and scientific innovation, and promote the training and development of skilled satellite and ground system designers and operators." 
   " Our Vision is to deploy high earth orbit satellite systems that offer daily coverage by 2009 and continuous coverage by 2012. AMSAT will continue active participation in human space missions and support a stream of LEO satellites developed in cooperation with the educational community and other amateur satellite groups."

There are dozens of university satellite programs that need advice that ranges from the complex to somethng as simple as how to install an N connector. The best way to convince these programs to include useful amateur 2-way packages is to be there when they need experienced help, then illustrate the benefits of carrying a 2-way payload once you have their attention and gratitude. To borrow a phrase, we all must "think globally, act locally".

73, Drew KO4MA

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