Re: Software at Eurosom 2 ?

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPEPL)
Mon, 24 Jun 1996 17:49:04 +0100 (CET)

Lew Gramer writes:

> (Tristan Cools) writes:
>>Maybe not everyone knows about it but the BWGS does have a monthly diskette
>>service containing Two Line Orbital Elements, program of the BWGS and
>>satellite related software.  It is called the 'Flashdisk' and is distributed
>Wouldn't this be easier (and cheaper) to distribute via MIME email?
>I'd sign up for sure!

It may be hard for Americans to imagine, but there are still many people
in Europe that do not have an Internet-connection. The Flash-disk
service has been around for more than 5 years, it was started at a
time that almost no-one in Europe had access to Internet (except for
some university students). Since then we have been sending disks on a
monthly basis to more than 20 people. 

So, to answer your question:

1. yes, it would be easier through e-mail. But the service is for people that
do not have Internet-access, i.e. no e-mail.
2. the BWGS has been subsidizing this service considerably, so that the
cost for the subscribers has been limited. We are trying to phase out this
service (esp. the non-Benelux service, since postal costs are very high)
though, since it takes a considerable amount of man-power.


Bart De Pontieu --  Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching --
BWGS-coordinator -- Flash editor -- SeeSat-L administrator -- would-be-observer
         "Nous sommes quand-meme tous des Europeens" -- TC Matic