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Re: HEO Satellite Projects

To add to what Ken said (and probably "put some pressure on some toes"), I
find it amazing that now that Echo is launced and paid for,  (some of) the
folks who were so adamant we do Eagle and fund it are now wanting to
"wriggle out" of stepping up to help fund it.

If you ALSO wish to help P3E with their funding (will this really
accelerate their project?) that is laudable, but I think North American
satellite operators and AMSAT-NA members should support their "home"
organization's HEO project...first.

Otherwise it will not be able to make it's launch goal.

Best wishes for both projects,
73's Ed - AL7EB
Alaska Field volunteer
member #3212

At 04:53 PM 10/21/2004 -0700, Ken Ernandes wrote:
>I think that both P3E and Eagle are worthwhile programs and should be
>supported by those who enjoy the HEO satellites.
>If we consider nothing else, we should bear in mind that the only
>certainties with spaceflight are that there are significant uncertainties
>and risk -- i.e., nothing is a "sure thing."  I can understand why some
>would focus on P3E as a critical near-term objective, but I'm concerned that
>if we all focus too much in one area, we run the risk of becoming
>short-sighted.  Unfortunately AO-40 -- a project I have no personal regrets
>about -- realized our worst fears of putting all our eggs in one basket.
>But this also was a launch opportunity that I think we would have been
>foolish to pass up.
>It is my sincere hope that both P3E and Eagle spacecraft fly, function well,
>and provide the kind of satellite DX we had when AO-10 and AO-13 were
>simultaneously operational.  Afterward, follow that up with a third HEO
>spacecraft as is AMSAT's objective.
>With all that said, I offer my humble opinion on the best way to get there:
>For me that means supporting both projects.  Perhaps if we added a P3E
>tracking thermometer on the AMSAT-NA site, we could follow the fund raising
>versus schedule for both programs and balance our contributions accordingly.
>While I hate to suggest extra work for somebody (sorry Emily), such a tool
>may help people to better see the status of both projects.
>I have not as yet made a monetary contribution to P3E, but at this year's
>Symposium I heard Robin Haighton, VE3FRH say that AMSAT-NA will be setting
>up a fund that would allow US contributions to be tax-deductible.  (To me
>that means I can afford to give a bigger contribution.)  I haven't found a
>link to this on our Web site, but would be happy if somebody could can point
>this out to me.  If this fund has been established, but contributions
>require a phone call or a check mailed to Martha at this time, I would
>appreciate that information as well.
>While I will contribute to P3E, I will not do so to the exclusion of Eagle
>or to make Eagle wait until after all of P3E's needs are satisfied. Thus I
>will do my best to help out both projects as best I can, giving due
>consideration to each project's unique needs.
>73, Ken Ernandes N2WWD
>AMSAT #27516
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