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Re: Sputnik-99 launch cancelled by Swatch! (fwd)



Dave,

Well no doubt about it, your summary hits the nail right on the head. What a
shame
it had to turn out this way. Some good things could have happened all around
if Swatch just
played by the rules from the start.

Al Emer N2YAC


On 99/14/16 You wrote:
>Let's see: A group of French hams spends a lot of time, money and effort
>to build three satellites.  They go to great lengths to get those
>satellites a ride into space.  They deliver them to the launch authority
>in good faith.  The launch authority then apparently guts the circuitry
>they built and replaces it with their own or reprograms the French
>circuitry so it works for the launch authority's purposes - without even
>telling the owners and builders of what they're doing.
>
>That new mission for the satellite turns out to not only be illegal,
>but  it also sets a potentially disastrous precedent which could
>eventually make the two meter band as polluted with orbiting
>broadcasters as the HF bands are with ground based broadcasters.
>
>Swatch, a multi-billion dollar international corporation which
>undoubtedly has a stable of high priced lawyers on its payroll
>apparently never even checked to see if what they wanted to do was
>legal.  I have to believe they never even bothered to check because no
>lawyer on earth is incompetent enough to have investigated this deal and
>given it the okay.  Instead, Swatch "Just did it", to modify a slogan
>from a company whose morals and business practices may have inspired the
>Swatch group.
>
>Meanwhile the satellite has apparently been launched anyway.  At this
>time, I don't know it's status.  It may be fully operational, in which
>case Swatch and the Russians have successfully pulled off their crime
>and the announcement at www.swatch.com is a flat lie.  On the other
>hand, it may well be floating dead in space without its batteries, in
>which case the French hams who paid for it and built it labored entirely
>in vain.
>
>Some people have said, "Don't blame Swatch."  Well, why not?  They're
>not a bunch of hicks from the sticks getting taken by a city slicker. 
>They have lawyers on their staff.  Ham radio operators aren't so scarce
>and this is not such a complex issue that they couldn't have found
>someone to set them straight on all this.  The people at Swatch are
>grownups, they're business people and they're doing this for money. 
>They're responsible for their actions, they screwed up royally, they
>hurt a lot of people and they have nobody to blame but themselves.  
>
>For them to claim otherwise is like saying, "I bought this satellite
>from a guy in an alley and it turned out to be stolen goods and
>defective too boot."  No kidding.  Too bad.  You blew it.  "It's not my
>fault."  It is too, you whiners!  You butted in to a well managed
>program, you were negligent in your planning, you hurt a lot of people
>and you got a very well deserved black eye.  It was a lame idea from the
>start and everybody involved in it should be fired for sheer
>incompetence if not for bad morals.  There were lots of ways you could
>have helped everybody and come out with lots of good, legal publicity. 
>You could be smelling like a rose right now.  You could be inspiring
>thousands or millions of people to make their next watch a Swatch. 
>Instead, you made a deal in a back alley, you behaved carelessly, you
>hurt a lot of innocent people and all the publicity you got was bad.  I
>call that justice!
>
>Some people are blaming the Russians and some of the Russian space
>people certainly had a hand in this disaster.  They may have even
>instigated it.  But I still blame Swatch because Swatch is a wealthy and
>profitable company and everybody involved on their end of this deal is
>living comfortably on good incomes and has a bright future.  Russia is
>coming apart at the seams, it's economy is so bad it makes the great
>depression look like boom times and the Russian space program is broke
>and in debt.  I can understand the desperation on their end that would
>lead someone to think up a scheme like this and even sympathize with
>them.  They're trying to do whatever they can to save the whole Russian
>space program, Swatch was looking for some cheap publicity.  The
>Russians were desperate, Swatch was very comfortable and well placed to
>examine the deal fully before signing on the bottom line.
>
>"Screwed, Cheated, legal case (law suit), owe us, & Trust."  
>
>I feel very comfortable using those words to describe this disaster that
>never should have happened.
>
>N9LTD
>
>P.S. The Swatch web site lists these watches as their products: Swatch,
>Blancpain, Omega, Longines, Rado, Tissot, Certina, Mido, Hamilton,
>Balmain, Calvin Klein, Flik Flak and Lanco.  (I don't think they own all
>the Calvin Klein brands, just the watches.)
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