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Hi to all

Just for the record about the AMSAT-NA "HEO" goals in 2003 VS borg cubes!!! and 
the military involvement.

Just note there is numerous mention of an individual named Hambly, Richard M 
probably a coincidence for the AMSAT-NA military ties? Its interesting to know 
where the AMSAT-NA membership funds are redirected...

A question to Mr Hambly did AMSAT-NA has separate accounts for their joigned 
military launch ventures? Is AMSAT-NA has ever make more than a financial 
contribution to a military program or could be they disguised theses 
contribution In IN KIND services?

A bit of clarity will enlighten all the international AMSAT-NA members and 

Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA 21st Space Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, October 17-
19, 2003.

A Proposed Microsat Open Experimental Platform for
Amateur Space Communications Research

Making Proposed SCR-OEP Fly
The proposed SCR-OEP concept is currently just that, a concept. Translating 
this concept in to a real, on-orbit, experimental platform is a major 
undertaking. The following small, first steps will provide a solid foundation 
for a highly successful SCR-OEP project.
o Review and discussion within the amateur satellite and amateur radio 
communities will help refine and strengthen the SCR-OEP concept.
o Evaluation, feedback, and particularly formal support by the AMSAT Board of 
Directors will considerably improve the likelihood of its success.
o Creation of one or more research proposals will potentially help obtain 
funding and even a government-sponsored launch.
o Further investigation of the use of amateur spectrum by licensed radio 
amateurs supported indirectly by Federal funds or government-sponsored launches 
will help ensure that this project operates consistent with international and 
national radio regulations.
The SCR-OEP concept proposed here, combined with a tremendous amount of hard 
work and not a small amount of luck, could offer a means to attract new 
participants to the amateur satellite community and support the construction 
and launch of additional amateur satellites.

Potential Benefits for Amateur Satellites
Attracting and inspiring the next generation, developing new amateur satellite 
technologies, and expanding sources of support for amateur satellites are just 
a few of the benefits that will result from a successful SCR-OEP project.

Government-Sponsored Launch Opportunities
The Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP)24 "provides 
spaceflight for qualified DOD sponsored experiments at no charge to the 
experimenter, via the DOD Space Experiments Review Board" (SERB)23. The SERB 
evaluates the "military relevance and technical merit" of the proposed 
experiments. The SERB Web site states that "DOD experiments normally originate 
in the Service (Army, Air Force, Navy, NASA) laboratories or research 
institutions (colleges, universities, think tanks, etc.) but are in no way 
limited to these institutions." Clearly, competition for free space launches is 
very intense. Nonetheless, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Air Force 
Academy have successfully used this process to launch their student 
satellites25. Certainly, the hurdles are very high and the competition is very 
fierce, but the potential rewards are so great that the amateur satellite 
community would be remiss if it didn't aggressively pursue this opportunity
SCR-OEP and Amateur Spectrum
The SCR-OEP will use amateur satellite spectrum and its operation will be 
consistent with the international and national regulations governing amateur 
radio and amateur satellites. Radio amateurs will be the primary users and 
beneficiaries of the SCR-OEP project. Many of the investigators will be 
licensed radio amateurs, as will be all of the satellite ground station 
operators. The SCR-OEP experimental platform is expected to be hosted by and 
help support an amateur satellite and the technologies developed by this 
project are likely to benefit future amateur satellites.


5. Hambly, Richard M. "AMSAT OSCAR E: A New LEO Satellite from AMSAT-NA". The 
AMSAT Journal 25:3 (May/June 2002) 5-11.
6. Hambly, Richard M. "AMSAT OSCAR-E Project Status Update: A New LEO Satellite 
from AMSAT-NA". The AMSAT Journal 25:6 (November/December 2002) 14-17.
7. Hambly, Richard M. "AMSAT OSCAR-E Project: Summer 2003 Status Report". The 
AMSAT Journal 26:4 (July/August 2003) 11-14.
23. U.S. Department of Defense, DoD Space Experiments Review Board (SERB) Home 
Page. <http://www.safus.hq.af.mil/usa/usal/serb/index.htm>.
24. U.S. Department of Defense, Space Test Program (STP) Home page. 
25. White, Jim. "Re: Re: ICBM Conversion for Civilian Launch". E-mail to AMSAT-
BB. August 12, 2003. <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/archive/amsat-

I know we are accustomed to lies up to the higher ranks!  We should not be 
surprised that some of the AMSAT-NA BOD officers are taking their inspiration 
at a so good source!!!

Just for the record naturally...here is the link



"It is not the class of license the amateur holds, but the class of the amateur 
that holds the license."

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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