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Re: Arianespace Launch To Benefit Amateur Radio Operators



Featured on the Arianespace page is their recent agreement to launch 20 of
Ellipso constellation of satellites on the Airene 5.  For those that
attended Ken Ernandes N2WWD at the latest 1999 AMSAT-NA Symposium will be
interested in the orbits used for global coverage  [ also available via
audio recordings on amsat.org ]

G. Beat
W9GB

http://www.ellipso.com/overview/index.html
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Guelzow <Peter.Guelzow@arcormail.de>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 1999 11:49 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Arianespace Launch To Benefit Amateur Radio Operators


> This official Arianespace News Press Release can be found at:
>
> http://press.arianespace.com/cgi-bin/pbcgi60.exe/press/u_ariane/f_pr?00203
>
>
> Arianespace Launch To Benefit Amateur Radio Operators
>
>  15-OCT-99
>
> Geneva - Today at Telecom '99, Arianespace and AMSAT-DL, the German
> branch of the international amateur radio satellite community, announced
> the signing of a launch contract for the AMSAT Phase 3-D communications
> satellite, to be carried aloft on an Ariane 5 as auxiliary payload.
>
> The launch will take place in the year 2000 from Europe's Spaceport in
> Kourou, French Guiana. AMSAT Phase 3D will be one of the first secondary
> payloads boosted by Ariane 5, which will use a special adapter for
> orbital injection.
>
> Weighing 650 kg (1,430 lb) at launch, AMSAT Phase 3-D will be injected
> into a geostationary transfer orbit. It will then use its own propulsion
> system to reach elliptical orbit (4,000 x 47,000 km, inclined at 60
> degrees), where it will be used as a relay by the international
> community of amateur radio operators for nearly ten years.
>
> In 2000, Arianespace will also inaugurate its new ASAP-5 (Ariane
> Structure for Auxiliary Payloads), designed for micro-satellites
> weighing less than 100 kg (220 lb) or mini-satellites weighing less than
> 300 kg (660 lb). ASAP-5 replaces the previous-generation ASAP-4, which
> has been used 6 times on Ariane 4.
>
> Arianespace has orbited some 27 auxiliary payloads since 1980.
>
>
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