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Re: Re: launch opportunities?

SCHULTZ@cddis.gsfc.nasa.gov wrote:

> Good idea, except what if the thing should blow up again and throw
> Phase 3D into the ocean. Would Boeing want to listen to all the Amsat
> crybabies complaining how they screwed us over just like ESA? Why
> should they put up with all that bad PR, when they could just launch
> a concrete block which nobody will complain about if it gets soaked
> in water.

I can think of a million reasons -- the $1,000,000 AMSAT had agreed to pay
ESA for launch on just such a test flight of Ariane 5.  If P3D had flown,
this is exactly the type of launch it would have been on.  Beggars don't
choose, and the rocket people usually have a pretty high level of motivation
to get it right, as it is bad for business to get a reputation for launching
satellites into the sea (just ask the North Koreans!)
Mark D. Johns, Cedar Falls, Iowa -- K0MDJ (EN32sm)
"Heaven goes by favour.  If it went by merit, you would
    stay out and your dog would go in." -- Mark Twain

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