The web pages related to the unlaunched satellite were last updated in 2007, so I wonder - where is it now? Is it going to be launched someday?


P3E (Phase 3E) was conceived and partially built by AMSAT Germany in the early 2000's. In 2015, Virginia Tech thought they would be able to secure a launch and AMSAT DE was prepared to transfer the space frame to them. This launch never materialized either.

The space launch industry has changed a great deal in the last 5 to 10 years. Finding an HEO (High Earth Orbit) ride for this large of a satellite may never happen short of fully funding the launch. Such a fund raising effort has never been successfully attempted. The P3E concept was great in its time but I doubt that it will ever see space.

  • $\begingroup$ With an actual Phase 4 satellite payload upcoming (Es'hailsat 2), I guess they don't care about the old satellite anymore. Maybe we'll get to see it in a museum? $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Oct 14 '17 at 18:34

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