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Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NAPriorities

That certainly is one approach, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong 
with that, it's just a change in the stated goals of Eagle.
The leadership needs to get in front of this and announce this is a 
significant shift in  organizational strategy if indeed that is the plan.

At they same time for the sake of honesty they should probably tell folks 
that this will end AMSAT-NA sponsorship of an HEO (Molmiya Orbit)
anytime soon or even in their lifetime ;-/

- Joe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh@comcast.net>
To: "Joe Westbrook" <k7zt@suddenlink.net>; <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:05 AM
Subject: Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NA Priorities

> >
>> It appears that leadership is allowing realities of
>> a rare, expensive launch opportunity drive the mission rather than the
>> mission driving the launch method,  it's a bit like the tail wagging the 
>> dog
>> don't you think?
> AO-40 was the case of a rare launch opportunity driving the mission. The 
> AMSAT BoD has stated that the purpose of creating a relelationship with 
> Intelsat would be to provide multiple launch opportunities. It seems to me 
> that finding an affordable launch method should be the first step rather 
> than the last step.
> 73,
> John

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