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Re: Right-sizing a sat



Why not make the sats less expensive and less complex and use the money we save
on the cost of the launch

guy lemke
kd6mtu

Estes Wayne-W10191 wrote:

> I sent this a couple days ago and never saw it in an amsat-bb-digest.  Sorry
> if it's a repeat.
>
> All previous Phase 3 projects were designed for specific launch
> opportunities on test flights of new Ariane launchers. The "right size" for
> the next major AMSAT project is likely to be whatever size/schedule gives us
> a launch opportunity at a price we can afford.
>
> What are our launch opportunities now that Ariane launches are now fully
> commercialized?
>
> 1. Fully commercial launch.
> What is the fee to launch a 650kg satellite?
> (AO-40 launch was "practically free" - only 1.4 million DM)
> A 150 kg satellite?
>
> 2. Low-cost launch as a "standby" passenger, replacing concrete ballast.
> Is it practical to build a satellite for a "standby" launch?
> Do we have the capability to perform "last-minute" launch preparations?
> Is Arianespace even receptive to the idea?
>
> 3. Test launches.
> I presume there will be no more Ariane test launches for many years.
> Atlas/Delta?
> Converted Russian ICBM? (LEO only, I think)
> Others?
>
> We have to work within our constraints, and by far our biggest constraint is
> "low-cost launch opportunities".
>
> Wayne Estes W9AE
> Mundelein, IL, USA
>
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