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'[EE] Space Suit Satellite'
|Broadcasting to a 145.990 MHz receiver near you some day soon
Ref: Matthew McMahon
Using a simple police scanner or ham radio, you can listen to a
disembodied spacesuit circling Earth.
Launch date: Feb. 3rd.
"We've equipped a Russian Orlan spacesuit with three batteries, a
radio transmitter, and internal sensors to measure temperature and
battery power," says Bauer. "As SuitSat circles Earth, it will
transmit its condition to the ground."
Unlike a normal spacewalk, with a human inside the suit, SuitSat's
temperature controls will be turned off to conserve power. The suit,
arms and legs akimbo, possibly spinning, will be exposed to the fierce
rays of the sun with no way to regulate its internal temperature.
"Will the suit overheat? How long will the batteries last? Can we get
a clear transmission if the suit tumbles?" wonders Bauer. These are
some of the questions SuitSat will answer, laying the groundwork for
SuitSats of the future.
SuitSat can be heard by anyone on the ground. ...
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