# SEC: UNCLASSIFIED - Doing the \$ Sums on AO-40

• Subject: [amsat-bb] SEC: UNCLASSIFIED - Doing the \$ Sums on AO-40
• From: "Ellis, Peter R." <Peter.Ellis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 13:14:44 +1000

```Enjoy !

Unless otherwise marked, all terms are simplified for ease of calculation to
units of: "Big Macs" ®, French Francs, kilograms, AO-40s, and occasionally
US\$.

Formula:
[Ariane 5 launch cost]/kg x AO-40 x US\$ to Fr exchange rate = Fr[lots!] (a)

It costs ~US\$20,000/kg for an Ariane 5 launch (b)
AO-40 weighed ~650kg at launch. (c)
US\$1 = Fr7.65 (today (d))

That's F98,695,000 to launch AO-40 today.

At Arianespace's local McDonalds
http://www.mcdonalds.fr/php/req_restos2.php3?Id=MC536
<http://www.mcdonalds.fr/php/req_restos2.php3?Id=MC536>  , just along the
Boulevard de l'Europe in Evry (just south of Paris), given that a Big Mac
costs Fr17.50 (e), that would buy 5,639,142.86 burgers (f). ( This is a
little more than the miserable 5,308,641.98 burgers in Titusville or Cocoa
Beach, Florida ! )

Notes and References:
(a)	"Fr" stands for "Franc", the French currency, and not "Fries" that
do not come in a counted number per packet so there is no exchange rate
established on fries-US\$ (g). (but there an exchange index on
Coca-Cola...(h) )
(b)
http://www.space.com/spacenews/launchindustry/paris_ariane_prices_010618.htm
l
<http://www.space.com/spacenews/launchindustry/paris_ariane_prices_010618.ht
ml>
(c)	http://www.amsat-dl.org/p3dmedia.htm#ENG
<http://www.amsat-dl.org/p3dmedia.htm#ENG>
(d)
http://www.economist.com/markets/currency/md_conv.cfm?CFID=2049604&CFTOKEN=8
3517862
<http://www.economist.com/markets/currency/md_conv.cfm?CFID=2049604&CFTOKEN=
83517862>
(e)	This is a very important link on the Big Mac exchange rate question
(f)	The rate of exchange in November 2000 was ~5,462,200 Big Macs (in
Evry) for the AO-40 launch. See http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/19/forex.htm
<http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/19/forex.htm>  .
(g)	McCain http://www.mccain.com <http://www.mccain.com>  provides the
McDonalds 'french fries' in France: see
http://www.mcdonalds.fr/java/pop_up01.php3
<http://www.mcdonalds.fr/java/pop_up01.php3>  and scroll down. Also
(h)
http://www.economist.com/markets/bigmac/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=168436&CFI
D=2049604&CFTOKEN=83517862
<http://www.economist.com/markets/bigmac/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=168436&CF
ID=2049604&CFTOKEN=83517862>

And getting back to satellite and ground station equipment for a while...
Personally, while I am a CONSUMER / USER rather than a CONSTRUCTOR, I prefer
to MAKE pizzas and burgers from scratch.

Peter VK1KEP

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