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Re: HEO launch possible???



This assumes all launch costs are realtive to satellite weight. The  
cost of people and equipment to do the launch is not related to  
weight. Plus I don't believe rockets use x mount of propellent per kg,  
but it's ramped.

Like anything in life, it's cheaper to buy in bulk, where bulk here is  
gross satellite weight.

Quoting Luc Leblanc <lucleblanc6@videotron.ca>:

> Hi satellite fans
>
> Just came out of a bad dream tonight after reading this Ariane 5   
> announcement?
>
> "The 186th Ariane mission will launch two communications satellites,  
>  primarily
> intended for direct TV broadcast services and data networks: HOT   
> BIRDTM 9 and W2M,
> both for Eutelsat.
>
> This will be the 42nd Ariane 5 launch.
>
> The launcher will be carrying a total payload of 9,220 kg, including  
>  8,340 kg for the
> two satellites, which will be released separately into their   
> targeted orbits."
>
> Just note The 9220Kg payload and theses Ariane 5 figures
>
> LEO Payload* (28.5 deg., 550 km) 	GTO Payload* (7 deg. inclination)
> 39,600 lb 18,000 kg                             (single / dual   
> manifest) 15,000 lb / 13,160 lb 6,800 kg / 5,970 kg
>
>
> Configuration
> Core + 2 SRB + Aestus Second Stage
>
> Launch Mass
> 1,570,000 lb
> 710,000 kg
>
> Estimated Launch Price US $120 M
>
> * Performance provided by Arianespace.
>
> There is room for a 150kg amateur HEO satellite and at an US$169 per  
>  kilo a 150Kg mass should cost US $25350!!!
>
> I'm not too quick in calculus but how the +_ millions USD P3E and   
> EAGLE launch cost came from? integration work? shipping and handling?
>
> I know that at the top of a Ponzi pyramid numbers added very fast   
> but even with the worst case scenario there is something who's not   
> added
> up correctly here?
>
> The killing question is: Is the actual P3E and EAGLE launch issues   
> are really a financial matter? and those very high HEO launch cost
> estimates are hiding something else?
>
>
> If you want to see where i got theses figures go to:
>
> http://www.spaceandtech.com/spacedata/elvs/ariane5_specs.shtml
>
>
> "-"
>
>
> Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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>
>
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