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Re: Geostationary Satellites?



A few thoughts on this....

In addition to whtat everyone elese has said:

Geostationary sats are not in Low Earth Orbit, they are up fairly high ...
it costs more to put a sat in geostationary orbit, more than a LEO, and more
than a sat with an apogee and perogee that varies considerably.........and

As I understand it, there are only a fixed amount of possible locations for
geostationary sats. They are all IN A LINE across the sky because, in
effect, they are all in the *same* orbit around the earth. If the earth did
not rotate then you would see these sats move across the sky, but since they
move at the same rate as the earth moves under them they appear fixed in the
sky. How many of these fixed locations are already taken? I don't know, but
I would think most (or at least *reserved* for future commercial/goverment
sats).

Richard Amirault                       N1JDU              Boston, MA, USA
ramirault@erols.com         "Go Fly A Kite"
http:// www.erols.com/ramirault
-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Ogden <jono@enteract.com>
To: Frank Grossman <71042.1303@compuserve.com>; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
<amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2000 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Geostationary Satellites?


>on 2/17/00 9:34 PM, Frank Grossman at 71042.1303@compuserve.com wrote:
>
>> 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?
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