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Re: Amateur Satellites Slated



Equitorial launch sites are best for geosynchronous satellites which must
orbit the equator to appear stationary from the earth. Polar orbiting
satellites could be launched from anywhere on earth with no penalty.

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Ogden" <na9d@mindspring.com>
To: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Thursday, 07 December 2000 00:48 UTC
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Amateur Satellites Slated


> on 12/6/00 4:12 PM, Bob Bruninga at bruninga@usna.edu wrote:
>
> > Kodiak Star, the first planned orbital launch from the new Kodiak Launch
> > Complex in Alaska will be a NASA collaborative mission with the
Department
> > of Defense (DoD). The payload consists of four small satellites to be
> > launched aboard a Lockheed Martin Athena I launch vehicle.
>
> Hey, this sounds great!  A dedicated APRS bird!  Cool!
>
> My question is on the launch site.  I thought launch sites needed to be
near
> the equator or as close as possible (hence French Guyana and Florida
instead
> of France and Maine).  I did not think high latitudes were good for
orbital
> injection.  Is that incorrect?
>
> 73,
>
> Jon
> NA9D
>
> -------------------------------------
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
>
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>
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>
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