Tuesday, February 28, 2006
A mission to test the effectiveness of using obsolete Russian Orlan spacesuits as mock-satellites has been completed and is being hailed by all involved as an unmitigated success.
Called SuitSat-1, the first test subject was tossed overboard the International Space Station on February 3, 2006 and operated for more than two weeks before the onboard batteries ran dry. During that time amateur radio operators from around the world tuned in to receive its various test messages. The SuitSat-1 tracking Web site received more than 9 million hits from around the world during the mission, keeping detailed records of telemetry information and transmitted data.
Due to the overwhelming success of SuitSat-1 a second test subject, this time with a new power source, possibly an attached solar array, and a better onboard transmitter is already being discussed.
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 2:20 PM