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    Re: Thought Experiment
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2002 Jun 14, 15:05 -0500

    Actually, the HMNAO generates all the information, and passes it onto the USNO.  I
    believe this was agreed upon during the war.  My understanding is that the data has
    already been generated for many years to come.  They could print the almanac for 2050
    today, if anyone wanted it.  The HMNAO is quite self sustaining in that they collect
    sufficient royalties for their data to keep the store open.  Since most of the work
    is already done, I am sure they will be around to collect their money as long as
    there is any demand at all for their products.
    
    Ken Gebhart
    
    Herbert Prinz wrote:
    
    > Thanks to Ken Gebhart for the detailed statistics and background information on
    > almanac sales, which I found interesting.
    >
    > In the future, the real issue is not who will print the ephemeris, but who will
    > generate it. Are there any statements of intent from the USNO or the HMNAO in this
    > regard?
    >
    > Herbert Prinz
    >
    > Ken Gebhart wrote:
    >
    > > Lastly, as to the suggestion that Nautical Almanacs may not be printed in the
    > > future � this is not true.  The GPO may not continue to print, but we will
    > > certainly continue our Commercial Edition, and the British tell us they will
    > > too.
    
    
    

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