26.12.2000 16:26:49

Источник: Александр Ковалевский


AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, provided ANS with the following 'President's Letter' :

To All AMSAT Members,

It is proposed to hold an inquiry into the incident which has resulted in the loss of communication with AO-40. Although it is hoped that the loss of communication is a temporary situation, AMSAT believes that it is in the best interests of our organization to determine all the facts surrounding this incident and to make sure that a similar situation cannot happen again either on AO-40 or on a future satellite.

Our primary function at this time is still the recovery of AO-40, but we are also beginning to lay the plans for this inquiry.

When the P3D project was first developed, a Program Board was developed to oversee the project and put in place such other committees as may be necessary during the life of P3D (now AO-40). This Program Board represents the membership of each of the major organizations which have contributed to the P3D project (i.e. AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-UK, DARC, and the ARRL). It is this Program Board that will meet on your behalf to determine the requirements of the inquiry, such as the terms of reference and the actual size of the Inquiry Committee itself.

The Program Board will be responsible to make sure that the inquiry meets the requirements of the membership and will be responsible for publicizing the results of the inquiry.

AMSAT-DL will present the Program Board with some initial suggestions on the scope, size, etc. in early January 2001. The Program Board will review these within two weeks and make any modifications that they feel are necessary (during a teleconference) also to be held in January.

It is hoped that the Inquiry Committee will start work shortly thereafter.

Although we do not wish to limit the scope of work, we would like the Inquiry Committee to report it's findings relatively quickly, with this time to be determined by the Program Board. Any or all the AMSAT personnel who worked on the P3D project may be asked to assist the Inquiry Committee.

On a slightly different - but related - topic, in order to make sure that everyone is up to date with known facts, Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, is preparing an overall review of the loss of transmission incident, to show what has actually taken place and the actions that have been attempted to try and recover AO-40. This is being written in response to many requests for detailed information and will contain all known information. Peter, like the rest of us, is a volunteer with a normal job, but he hopes to have this review out shortly.

Another action that is underway is a review of future projects by the AMSAT-NA Project Committee. For some time we have been receiving input for the next generation of satellites and this information has been passed to the Project Committee for their review and recommendation. We realize that even when AO-40 is hopefully recovered, now is also the time to start looking at our next project(s). The Board of Directors of AMSAT-NA will meet in late February to receive initial recommendations from the Project Committee and to determine the next steps.

Wishing you all the very best for the holiday season,

Robin Haighton, VE3FRH

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, for this information]


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