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Re: SAT nomenclature



I think that every satellite transmitting in a amateur band should get both
an oscar number and a name. It's like a model number and a name for an
aircraft. The number is important because it lets people outside the amateur
satellite community know that a lot of amateur satellites have been
launched. The name can suggest the purpose of the satellite or just sound
good.

73,

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 18:54 UTC
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] SAT nomenclature


> >I think that the argument about this is totally
> >unSUITable to our dignity.
>
> Actually, I have just made an about-face in my position
> based on what I have seen here...
>
> As many recall, I was disappointed about not getting
> an OSCAR number for PCSAT2.  THis lead  me to suggest
> an AMATEUR EXPERIMENT number series to keep count
> on all the non-OSCAR space experiments.  And to make
> sure that Amateur Radio got credit for the large number
> of missions..
>
> I remember how proud we were when we got NO-44
> for PCsat.  But you know something?  Over the years,
> I find that I still call it PCsat (a name I never really
> liked though) because the distinction between NO43,
> NO44 and NO45...  just didnt seem to mean much.
> Now in my old age, I even have to stop and "think" a few
> extra milliseconds everytime I see ..O-50 or ..O-51
> to remember what is what.
>
> So initially, I couldnt understand the criticism of letting
> the numbers add up too quickly for "undeserving"
> missions.  But after seeing that objection several times
> over the last week, I realized, that subconsciously I
> guess I feel lost in a sea of numbers too.
>
> So anyway, this doesnt change anything for me, and
> since we are in the 50's number series anyway, it
> doesnt really change anything, but I guess I can see
> where some people are coming from when they want
> to keep the numbers low and only for really deserving
> missions (I agree that SUITSAT clearlly is deserving!).
>
> So, in the future, when we get OSCAR numbers for
> ANDE and RAFT sateliltes, I think I will continue to
> call them ANDE and RAFT even though they will have
> an AMSAT number too.
>
> Or if AMSAT decides that their 6 month mission is
> undeserving of a -real- OSCAR number, then I will
> be perfectly happy to get an AMATEUR EXPERIMENT
> AE-XX number instead.  I do think it is important
> for AMSAT to keep counting EVERYTHING that goes
> into space, and I do see the logic in distinguishing
> short-term experiments from the long-term SERVICE
> satellites.
>
> For that matter, I think everything that goes up
> should get an AE number, and then they can ask for
> an OSCAR number after a year?
>
> Just some idle thoughts..
> de Wb4APR, Bob
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