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Re: Phase 3-E Launch date?



----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF" <kb1sf@kcbassociates.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 5:58 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Phase 3-E Launch date?

> Greetings All!
>
> Does anyone have any word regarding the final integration and actual
launch dates for Phase 3-E?  Was anything about Phase 3-D discussed at
Dayton?
>
> Everything I'm reading on the AMSAT-DL Web site is devoid of any firm
launch dates and the AMSAT-NA Web site simply says "January 2009".
>
> How firm is that date?  Has a launch contract been let?
>
> 73,
>
> Keith
> KB1SF / VA3KSF
> Past President
> AMSAT-NA

Hi Keith, KB1SF / VA3KSF

I am very surprised that you as a Past President AMSAT-NA are asking to this
people on this BB about the launch date of P3-E

There are or not official connections between you AMSAT-NA and the BOD of
AMSAT-DL  ?

Regarding the launch of P3-E  I hnow that AMSAT-DL have close contacts
and discussing various possible launch opportunities.
However, the costs they still want to have for such a launch are too
high for AMSAT-DL alone and therefore they have not yet finally sign a
launch contract for a specific launch.
As far I know AMSAT-DL have already invested 1,5 Mio EUR into building
the spacecraft and work continues.
As far I know AMSAT-DL is currently working hard to cover the launch costs
(of abt 1 Mio. EUR) by other sources, but to finish P3E and keep the
infrastructure they still need support by the community and so if we want
P3-E becomes a reality we all users and particularly those people
commercially interested in this venture must pull for P3-E donating "money"
to AMSAT-DL othervise in the future only the LEO FM birds will be the last
Amateur Radio Satellite frontiere i.e. a step back before OSCAR-10 in a
previous time when the Amateur Radio Satellite communication between
Continents was impossible.

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE says on this BB

> WORK AS ONE INTERNATIONAL AMSAT PUT ONE FUNDING
> STRUCTURE FOR A REAL HEO SATELLITE, TAKE ONE PROJECT
> AT A TIME COMPLETE IT AND LAUNCH IT
> AND GO FOR THE NEXT ONE

and also he says

"13 rail wagon passing by and I still wait................"

Best 73" de

i8CVS Domenico
Past President
AMSAT-Italia



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