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RE: [bod] Re: AO-54?--reply by K7RR



Paul,

Your comments about the merits of a SuitSat regarding the publicity and
educational value are valid, but that's not the issue, Paul.

SuitSat-1, already is a very descriptive nomenclature.

How does conferring an AO designation add to what you properly describe as
SuitSat's merits? I don't seeing it adding to the puliblicity or educational
value. I just don't see your argument as a adequate rational for assigning
it an AO number.

As I stated earlier, I believe it adds little (or nothing) to what SuitSat
is already, but instead diminishes the significance of the Oscars that went
before it.

Perhaps you gather it's my opinion that AO designations should denote a
higher level of significance and meet a more stringent criteria than being
used to name "orbiting cigar boxes" and other space debris.

Regards...Bill - N6GHz

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From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org]On
Behalf Of H. Paul Shuch, N6TX
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:27 AM
To: Robert McGwier
Cc: Christensen, Eric; Cliff Buttschardt; Emily Clarke; AL7CR;
amsat-bb@amsat.org; Greg Wycoff; Robert Bruninga;
Polysat@atl.calpoly.edu; bod@amsat.org
Subject: Re: [bod] Re: [amsat-bb] AO-54?--reply by K7RR


> Christensen, Eric wrote:
>
>> While OSCAR-1 was a technology feat in its' day, I don't think SuitSat
>> (with similar capabilities) is looked at similarly with the ability to
>> do what we can now do with satellites.  I'm not sure how to describe
>> what I'm seeing in my head as the basis for issuing an AO number but
>> "I know it when I see it".

Eric,
	It is my opinion (and I certainly respect your differing one) that
AMSAT OSCAR numbers can, and should, be issued for a number of different
reasons.  One is certainly technological sophistication.  Another is
publicity value.  A third is educational value.  I am comfortable in
saying that SuitSat has generated more favorable publicity for AMSAT,
and generated more excitement among potential members, than our previous
dozen satellites, combined.  Yes, it's a pretty unsophisticated
satellite.  But it fires the imagination in ways a solar cell covered
ten-band reconfigurable cross-linkable software defined transponder does
not!  If we orbited an empty cigar box, and it got people that excited,
I'd be in favor of giving it an OSCAR number.
	73, Paul

--
Dr. H. Paul Shuch, N6TX
Member, AMSAT Board of Directors
n6tx@amsat.org    www.qsl.net/n6tx
Grid Square  FN11lh
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