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As I see it, Paul's statement is the bottom line when it comes to the future 
of  HEO's. In my mind it's highly conceivable that P3E will be completed and 
ready to go, yet left languishing in storage somewhere while AMSAT-DL 
struggles to find a way to launch it. That's why I said the AMSAT NA vision 
statement seemed all wet . It's midway through 2008 and someone honestly 
thinks  we can "deploy high earth orbit satellite systems that offer daily 
coverage by 2009 and continuous coverage by 2012" ??? Reality check folks! 
Even if you could engineer and build the birds overnight, it seems highly 
unlikely you would get them in orbit by then.
 I hope I'm wrong...I really do. Meantime, we'd better hope for more 
projects like Delfi C-3 and Kiwi-sat and maybe a resurrection of FO-29.
Heck, as long as we are being as unrealistic as the vision statement, let's 
hope for a miraculous ressurection of AO-40 as well!
Michael W4HIJ
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Williamson" <kb5mu@amsat.org>
To: <k7zt@suddenlink.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 1:52 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT NA

> As screwed up as our development organization is, engineering is NOT the 
> bottleneck on Eagle. Simplifying the engineering task will not speed up 
> Eagle. A launch is, and will be for the foreseeable future, the bottleneck 
> on all HEO missions. The disarray you see is, in part, a result of the 
> organization casting about desperately for a way to solve the launching 
> (i.e., funding) problem.
> 73  -Paul
> kb5mu@amsat.org


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