SuitSat

SatSuit Earth

I absolutely love the little code  that allows playing of mp3 files on WordPress. I sometimes try to find interesting sounds to use in music or whatever and its sort of developed into a little “collection”. Because, seriously, you never know when you’re going to need the sound of a good moo, a low flying flock of geese, a Bullfrog Symphony or a clip of Hal talking to Dave.

I mean you Just. Never. Know.

A few years back, I went in search of the transmissions sent out by SuitSat,  a surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit fitted with an Amateur Radio transmitter that was launched by your friendly orbiting space station and monitored by a multitude of Ham radio operators here on earth.

I could not resist the idea of having a copy of the first ever transmission from such a vessel and from such a place. Mind you the sound is very low quality, with, as you might expect, a lot of static and other weird noises. (apparently those running the project were a little disappointed in the lack of signal strength) Actually, the other sounds are kind of cool, some sort of interference caused by radiation waves, maybe? I’m not sure.

There was talk of SuitSat 2 a couple of years ago and I am not sure yet if it ever happened.

So here are the audio files I found (here is the site they came from, I think) along with a few cool photographs, brief excerpts and links to the appropriate sites.

“This is SUITSAT-1, Amateur Radio Station RS0RS!!”


Transmission sequence followed by the static and cool interference.

http://www.filefreak.com/pfiles/52602/Feb%207%206.18am%20clip.mp3/bgcolor=0x000000
A clearer clip of the female sounding english voice followed by a male voice.

Google video of SuitSat deployment.

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Suitsat prior to launch.


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Adrift.

SuitSat-1 transmitted its voice message — “This is SuitSat-1 RS0RS!” — in several languages plus telemetry and an SSTV image on an eight-minute cycle as it orbited Earth. The unusual spacecraft’s radio signal was heard around the globe, although only the best-equipped Earth stations could copy it.

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Worldwide locations where the Ham radio operators were able to track the signal.


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Animated gif of SuitSat launch.

The SuitSat.org Web site attracted nearly 10 million hits during the mission. Designated by AMSAT as AO-54, SuitSat-1 remained in operation for more than two weeks, easily outlasting initial predictions that it would transmit for about a week. SuitSat-1 re-entered and burned up in Earth’s atmosphere September 7.

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