Re: another geo sat bites the dust

From: Dave Emery (
Date: Wed Dec 11 2002 - 19:45:41 EST

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    On Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 03:34:08PM -0800, Dale Ireland wrote:
    > Is this going to reduce the number of Basketball games available on TV at
    > any one time ??? Oh I hope so
    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From: Kevin Fetter []
    > > Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 2:44 PM
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    > > Subject: another geo sat bites the dust
    > >
    > >
    > > The ariane 5 launch today ended in failure. It was going to place two geo
    > > sats into orbit. The rocket lost speed and altitude a few minutes after
    > > lauch. So that's two more geo sats that failed to reach geo orbit.
    > > This is bad, that's three in such a short period of time, be
    > > interesting to
    > > hear what happened.
    	I hate to say it, but with demand for satellite capacity very
    soft (fiber and digital video compression hits this market harder every
    day) this may have more to do with collecting from the insurance company
    for an asset that would lose money if in service than it does with
    real technical problems.
    	Awfully easy to screw up something by not checking for it
    carefully... particularly if you don't really need the bird and bought
    and paid for it back two or three years ago when demand was strong and
    it looked like it would be loaded pretty fully and a money earner.
    	And at $200M or more for the asset, it gets interesting to
    get it off the books at a good price...
    	Dave Emery N1PRE,  DIE Consulting, Weston, Mass. 
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