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Re: AMSAT Special Bulletin



What does this mean exactly?


At 09:11 PM 12/22/00 -0600, Dan James <DanJ@marvin.com> wrote:
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-357.01
>AMSAT SPECIAL BULLETIN
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 357.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, DECEMBER 22, 2000
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-357.01
>
>AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, provided
>ANS with the following  'President's Letter'  :
>
>To All AMSAT Members,
>
>It is proposed to hold an inquiry into the incident which has resulted
>in the loss of communication with AO-40. Although it is hoped that the
>loss of communication is a temporary situation, AMSAT believes that
>it is in the best interests of our organization to determine all the facts
>surrounding this incident and to make sure that a similar situation cannot
>happen again either on AO-40 or on a future satellite.
>
>Our primary function at this time is still the recovery of AO-40, but we
>are also beginning to lay the plans for this inquiry.
>
>When the P3D project was first developed, a Program Board was
>developed to oversee the project and put in place such other committees
>as may be necessary during the life of P3D (now AO-40). This Program
>Board represents the membership of each of the major organizations
>which have contributed to the P3D project (i.e. AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-NA,
>AMSAT-UK, DARC, and the ARRL). It is this Program Board that will
>meet on your behalf to determine the requirements of the inquiry, such
>as the terms of reference and the actual size of the Inquiry Committee
>itself.
>
>The Program Board will be responsible to make sure that the inquiry
>meets the requirements of the membership and will be responsible for
>publicizing the results of the inquiry.
>
>AMSAT-DL will present the Program Board with some initial suggestions
>on the scope, size, etc. in early January 2001. The Program Board will
>review these within two weeks and make any modifications that they
>feel are necessary (during a teleconference) also to be held in January.
>
>It is hoped that the Inquiry Committee will start work shortly thereafter.
>
>Although we do not wish to limit the scope of work, we would like the
>Inquiry Committee to report it's findings relatively quickly, with this
>time to be determined by the Program Board. Any or all the AMSAT
>personnel who worked on the P3D project may be asked to assist the
>Inquiry Committee.
>
>On a slightly different - but related - topic, in order to make sure that
>everyone is up to date with known facts, Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, is
>preparing an overall review of the loss of transmission incident, to
>show what has actually taken place and the actions that have been
>attempted to try and recover AO-40. This is being written in response
>to many requests for detailed information and will contain all known
>information. Peter, like the rest of us, is a volunteer with a normal
>job, but he hopes to have this review out shortly.
>
>Another action that is underway is a review of future projects by
>the AMSAT-NA Project Committee. For some time we have been
>receiving input for the next generation of satellites and this
>information has been passed to the Project Committee for their
>review and recommendation. We realize that even when AO-40 is
>hopefully recovered, now is also the time to start looking at our next
>project(s). The Board of Directors of AMSAT-NA will meet in late
>February to receive initial recommendations from the Project
>Committee and to determine the next steps.
>
>Wishing you all the very best for the holiday season,
>
>Robin Haighton, VE3FRH
>
>[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, for
>this information]
>
>/EX
>
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