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RE: SAT nomenclature

Some good thoughts Bob.

I missed the earlier emails concerning an Oscar number for PcSat2 but I 
presume it had something to do with it being physically attached to the ISS 
rather than a satellite in it's own right. Even the ISS doesn't have an 
OSCAR number but no-one could deny that the ISS is an Orbital Satellite 
Carrying Amateur Radio.

Having a count of Amateur Satellites is very useful but I must admit the 
OSCAR number doesn't convey much information, OSCAR-34 means nothing to me 
but I know what PANSAT is.

73 Trevor M5AKA

--- Robert Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu> wrote:

> >I think that the argument about this is totally >unSUITable to our 
>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 
>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
>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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