Thursday, January 26, 2006

Amateur Radio Operators: Listen For SuitSat-1

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will launch SuitSat-1 on Feb. 3 and they are encouraging everyone with a ham radio or really big antenna to tune in and track its progress.

SuitSat-1 was a Russian idea: Turn useless Orlan spacesuits into usable satellites. To test how long they will last in orbit NASA devised a prototype equipped with sensors to track internal temperatures, batteries, and a on-board computer to broadcast this information to anyone listening.
The NASA site provides all the information you need to find the satellite, tune in to the broadcast and have some fun with space science...

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