[amsat-bb] Re: Phase 3

Angus McLeod amcleod at caribsurf.com
Sat Sep 21 12:27:18 PDT 2013

As far as I know, the kick-motors used on the Phase-3 birds were NOT 
cardboard tubes packed with homemade gunpowder.  They were commercial 
grade motors obtained from the commercial aerospace industry.  If I am 
wrong about this, and someone can jump in with facts, I'd be glad to hear.

On 09/21/2013 05:48 AM, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:23:29PM +0600, R Oler wrote:
>> While anything is possible I will be very surprised (pleasntly) if there is another amateur radio satellite with a liquid propulsion system that is managed by any amateur group that gets a ride into any sort of HEO transfer orbit.Ion engines might be different but after AO-40 and its propulsion issues the days of amateurs playing with rocket engines on commercial flights I suspect is over.
> This is something I've often wondered about.  "Oh hi, commercial rocket company, can we stick our homebrewed rocket into your billion dollar vehicle?"
> When people with more oil than weapons stuff some mix of chemicals into a tube and crimp the end shut it's called an Improvised Explosive Device.  We're supposed to somehow convince someone to let us tack our semitested bomb onto their flight?  I doubt they're going to go for it...

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