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Re: Geostationary Satellites?



Another reason for no geostationary ham satellites is that
they are built by folks all over the world and, by definition,
exclude over half of the world from access.  That is why the
Molniya type orbit used by AO-10 and AO-13 are ideal.

Richard, W5SXD

John K. Peterson wrote:

> On Thu, 17 Feb 2000 22:34:48 -0500 Frank Grossman
> <71042.1303@compuserve.com> writes:
> > Hi Gang...
> >
> > A friend on a local repeater asked me an interesting question the
> > other day.
> > Why are there no "geostationary" amateur satellites?  Are any in the
> > works?
> >
> > Frank
> > wb2bxo
> > AMSAT # 32921
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> I suppose the main reasons are cost and the fact that geostationary
> positions are finite.  There has to be a good reason for putting a sat
> that high up and taking up valuable space, that could be making money!
>
>                                    73"
>                                         John
>                                                KG5ZA
> In The Twinkling of a Star,
>             All That Glitters is Not Gold!
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