Saturday, February 04, 2006

SuitSat Signal Fades Away

ISS spacewalk Expedition 12 successfully deployed SuitSat as planned yesterday evening. After "launch" by Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev (pretty much pushing the suit away toward the end of the space station), SuitSat seemed to be operating properly for just a short while, transmitting its recorded greeting messages in six languages over HAM radio frequenices as intended.

The signals were apparently received in Japan, albeit briefly. Unfortunately SuitSat ceased transmission after only two Earth orbits, and speculation is that the batteries became too cold thus it lost power. Suitsat should fall low enough into the atmosphere and burn up quite harmlessly within a few weeks.

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