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P3E's orbit



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I was thinking... has P3E's orbit been finalized (on the drawing board -
obviously not like P3D/AO-40's has) yet, or is "highly elliptical" pretty
much all there is?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I consider the AO-40's orbit, too, to be
"highly elliptical". Looking at satellite coverage maps, it appears that it
covers pretty much all of the side of the earth that faces it at least when
at or near apogee. So would it be possible for the P3E to have an orbit
similar to that of AO-40, but the two being at opposite sides of each other,
meaning that P3E is at perigee when AO-40 is at apogee. Unless I am mistaken
(and frankly, it wouldn't surprise me terribly if I am), such an arrangement
would mean that almost no matter where you are and what the time is, there
will be a high-Earth orbit amateur satellite within range. If they provide
anything remotely resembling similar up- and downlink passband frequencies,
this would mean that a station could be QRV on satellite almost no matter
where and when with little to no additional effort.

Thoughts?


Michael Kjörling

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