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Re: Any news on P3E?



Quoting Jim K0SBH <k0sbhjim@sbcglobal.net>:

> Nice call Gabriel on the year old info on the Web site. 
>    
>   Jim, K0SBH
> 
> Gabriel - EA6VQ <ea6vq_ml@vhfdx.net> wrote:
>   Any news on the P3E?
> 
> The most recent news in the official P3E page are one year old, so I
> wonder
> if the project is still going on...
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> 
> 73. Gabriel - EA6VQ

Gabriel and Jim:

AMSAT-NA isn't the best source for info on P3E; you'll find more immediate
info on the amsat-dl website. I found this article quite interesting when
it came out in May:
http://www.amsat-dl.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=97

Apparently the latest AMSAT-DL journal (issue 4 of 2006) has a piece on the
systems and components of P3E. (I wonder if the various AMSATs of the world
would consider some sort of higher grade of membership whereby one would
have web access to the pdfs of all journals. I'd willingly pay an extra $25
for the German and UK ones.)

Don't forget the glorious overview of all satellites at 
http://www.amsat-dl.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=102
, which should be authoritative on P3E. It summarizes the first article I
provided above, by saying that its launch date is 'late 2007 or Nov. 2008'.  

2007 should be a good year for LEO, though: note Delfi C3, Sumbandila and
many, many cool cubesat projects are on their way up. 2008 might see P3E,
SSETI-ESEO *and* Kiwisat in orbit.  

Hold on to your preamps, gang, it's going to be a fun couple of years!

73, Bruce 
VE9QRP
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