3672-A Bancroft St. San Diego, CA 92104
Mr. Dan Goldin
Washington, D.C. 20546
Re: NEAR Project
16 Feb 2001
Dear Mr. Goldin:
Congratulations to you and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s NEAR Project Team for NEAR Shoemaker's successful landing on Eros. The outstanding success of this feat is simply amazing. I have been following the spacecraft's progress for quite some time and do appreciate the information that was returned.
By now, you may be aware that since March 3, 2000, Orbital Development is the owner of the property, Eros. There is an article on Space.com that mentions the details of OrbDev's ownership at:
Our press release on the matter is available at: http://www.orbdev.com/010213.html.
I wish to bring to your attention the small detail of the parking/storage fee for the spacecraft. To help defray OrbDev's costs for our ongoing Eros Project, a storage fee is required for all grounded or orbiting spacecraft that do not leave Eros. The fee is presently $US20.00 (twenty dollars) per Earth-century. This fee is due within 21 days of landing; or for spacecraft remaining in orbit, 21 days after exhaustion of fuel to a level that precludes leaving Eros orbit. This notice shall serve as an invoice.
OrbDev is not responsible for any theft, vandalism, radiation, damaging regolith migration, or meteoric impact damage to the spacecraft. If the vehicle is removed prior to the end of the term, a pro-rata refund will be returned to the payee.
Please remit a check for twenty dollars in US funds to:
3672-A Bancroft St.
San Diego, CA 92104
Of course, title to the spacecraft remains with the present owners and they are ultimately responsible for the fee. If your office is not the owner of the spacecraft, please provide the contact information for the title holder of the vehicle.
If you would like to discuss this matter, I will welcome your call. I am available at 619-528-0520 in San Diego, CA.
CEO, Orbital Development