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Re: P3-D flies!



Marvelous, marvelous news!  Cliff K7RR

Peter Guelzow wrote:
> 
> AMSAT P3-D flies!
> 
> On the 17th of January 2000 AMSAT's P3-D will fly for the first time,
> however, it is still on board of a 767 Air France on the flight from Atlanta
> via Paris to Kourou in French Guayana.
> 
> The container with the P3-D satellite weighs approximately 1000 kg, the second
> container with the SBS-adapter and test equipment weighs approximately 1600 kg.
> Both containers just barely find room in the cargo hold of the 767 aircraft.
> Incidentally, the transport costs alone amount to about US $ 20,000.
> 
> First the Orlando AMSAT team will transport the containers by truck to
> Atlanta. Then on the 17th of January the trip continues per airplane to
> Paris and from there the next day directly to Cayenne, the only airfield in
> French Guayana. Arrival will be on the 19th of January and then the trip
> will continue per truck to the launch facilty [Center Spatial Guyanese] of
> ESA in Kourou. This is the only route that can be taken since there are no
> direct flights from the US to Kourou and even considering changing planes,
> the available airplanes would simply be too small.
> 
> P3-D will be accompanied by Bob Davis, KF4KSS and Jay Ramdas, both from the
> integration team in Orlando and Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, P3-D operations
> manager, who joins them in Paris.
> 
> P3-D will be stored in its container in an air-conditioned
> integration-building at the launch complex until preparations for launch
> commence. With all systems turned off and flight batteries uncharged, no
> personnel is required on location during ths period.
> 
> An official start-date has not been announced yet, but our chances for an
> early one are pretty good after the last successful Ariane-5 launch. AMSAT
> P3-D becomes the first secondary payload for an ARIANE 5 rocket launch. The
> next launch: ARIANE 505 takes place in March with thwo satellites; the
> "AsiaStar and Insat 3B."
> 
> 73s Peter DB2OS, AMSAT-DL.
> 
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