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Re: Dedication of AO-40



"What's in a name?"

I commend Bronson for his thought, but please remember the main purpose of
this bird is international friendship, as its first message indicated.
A neutral name/number is, sadly, best. IMHO

Edward   w2ttm


Bronson wrote:

> With AO-40 now in orbit and in the process of commissioning, I had a
> thought.  AO-40 has rightly been given a dedication in memory of Werner
> Haas.  Since commissioning will proceed slowly over the next 9 months or
> more, perhaps we might consider giving AO-40 a specific name, in memory
> of Verner Haas and the mission of the satellite.
>
> Once AO-40 is declared fully operational with solar panels deployed and
> happily in final orbit, why not christen AO-40 with a name along the
> lines of HASS (Haas Amateur Satellite Station)?  I am sure others could
> come up with better combinations and I encourage them to do so.
>
> AO-40 has a potential to serve the amateur community and the public
> (schools, universities... etc.) like no amateur satellite ever has.
> Despite its long gestation period it is a quantum leap in integration
> and sophistication certainly within the amateur satellite field and in
> some ways beyond.
>
> Shouldn’t we consider giving it a name that reflects, reinforces and
> recognizes the commitment of the builders and the support of the
> international amateur radio community?
>
> We name other satellites after folks like Hubbell, Cassini, Chandra...
> why not name AO-40 in honor of Werner Haas?
>
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