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Re: Bill Ress - N6GHz - Board Candidate - OperatingSurvey

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 9:52 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner
<glasbrenner@mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Obviously, the GEO is probably the most expensive, with HEO being
>> close to it,
> Not necessarily. A small package on Intelsat may be significantly more
> affordable than Eagle. On the other hand, putting everything from Eagle on
> Intelsat would likely be more expensive. There are also considerably
> different risks. Eagle has all the things we've been good about messing up
> previously, and a Intelsat rideshare has almost none.

As much as I like the idea of an Intelsat ride share, I think there
will be too much non-satellite, non-ham stuff involved, e.g. legal
things and contracts.  What kind of MOUs, memorandums, contracts, etc.
are going to be involved?  Will hands be tied, due to some kind of
required assurance, from either Intelsat or its manufacturer?  Will we
have to buy expensive insurance, so that if the payload malfunctions
and disruptions Intelsat operations, things are covered?   What
commitments and assurances need to be put into place?

No one knows at this point.  Intelsat isn't going to be thrilled with
a low-quality product from us, so therefore AMSAT's costs go up, to
help minimize their risks.

> As Bob B said earlier...there are several tradeoffs to consider, and let me
> say even the BOD doesn't have the full details to consider yet.

So this is why attaching a "costs vs. benefits" analysis to a simple
survey is so difficult!

> Personally, I'm in favor of doing whatever project gets us on station with
> long distance comms first, without breaking the piggybank, or too much risk.
> It is, without a doubt, a very difficult and complicated decision.

I'm glad we can agree on this!

Honestly, thanks for chiming into the BB, Drew.  It is my hope that
all the other directors are reading.


AF6KD (ex n0tgd)
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