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[jamsat-news:1158] P3D Launch Announcement
Phase 3D の打ち上げ契約がAMSAT-DLとArianespcaeとの
> From: Dan James <DanJ@marvin.com>
> To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <ans@AMSAT.Org>
> Subject: [ans] P3D Launch Announcement
> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 11:05:18 -0500
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> PHASE 3-D TO BE LAUNCHED ABOARD AN ARIANE 5
> AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 281.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
> SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 08, 1999
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> MARBURG, GERMANY (October 8, 1999) AMSAT's most ambitious
> project to date... the International Phase 3-D communications satellite...
> has now been accepted for launch aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5
> launch vehicle.
> Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, AMSAT-Germany's President and Phase
> 3-D Project Leader released the following statement:
> "As the primary agency responsible for securing a launch opportunity
> for Phase 3-D, I am pleased to announce that AMSAT-Germany and
> Arianespace have now come to an agreement calling for the launch
> of P3-D as a secondary payload aboard the "first suitable" Ariane 5 flight.
> Dr. Meinzer went on to comment that, "From the very beginning of the
> Phase 3-D project, we considered the Ariane 5 series our primary launch
> vehicle. Our long history of success and mutual cooperation with both the
> European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace, coupled with our need
> to lift P3-D into a high geostationary transfer orbit, made the Ariane 5 the
> unanimous choice by AMSAT."
> Following standard protocol, specific details of the launch agreement were
> not released.
> AMSAT-NA President Keith Baker, KB1SF, was elated with the latest
> news. "I'm very pleased to see that AMSAT-DL's negotiations with
> Arianespace have resulted in a launch contract for Phase 3-D, and I'm
> delighted we are again slated to fly on an Ariane vehicle," he said.
> "Following the resounding success of Ariane flight 503, the Ariane 5
> has now proven itself to be a very capable launcher. When coupled
> with our many past successes with ESA and Ariane, I believe we now
> have an unbeatable combination. Once it is in orbit, the Phase 3-D
> satellite will not only help us usher in the new Millennium, it will also
> signal the dawn of a brand new era for Amateur Radio," he concluded.
> While both AMSAT presidents expressed optimism for an early launch
> of the satellite, Dr. Meinzer expressed caution that the wait for the "first
> suitable" flight could still turn out to be a long one. "While the launch
> of Phase 3-D could come as early as the first half of the year 2000, we
> must remember that Ariane's launch manifests are continually being
> updated to accommodate market changes as well as the availability
> of other payloads. Thus, one or more changes to P3-D's anticipated
> launch date, along with its specific Ariane 5 mission number, are a very
> real possibility before our satellite actually flies," he said.
> Nevertheless, based on its new 'standby' launch status, Phase 3-D is
> slated to be delivered to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French
> Guiana later this month so as to be ready for quick integration once
> Arianespace identifies a specific Ariane 5 launch vehicle for P3-D's ride
> to orbit.
> While its primary focus is on improved worldwide satellite communications,
> the Phase 3-D satellite will also have a very positive influence on the
> very future of Amateur Radio. Built primarily from donated resources, the
> International Phase 3-D team includes participating AMSAT groups from
> Austria, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, Finland, Russia, Belgium,
> the Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, New Zealand and Hungary - in
> addition to the groups from AMSAT-Germany and AMSAT-North America.
> AMSAT is very proud of its long tradition of excellence and the
> contributions it has made to the advancement of space communications,
> space education and the space sciences. Phase 3-D will be Amateur
> Radio's premier vehicle to continue the quest for new communications
> technologies for generations yet unborn.
> [ANS thanks AMSAT President's Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC and
> Keith Baker, KB1SF, and congratulates the entire Phase 3-D team
> on this exciting announcement]
> --Dan James--
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