On the right: American Owen Garriott W5LFL who was the first astronaut and amateur radio operator to take with him on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-9 mission in 1983) amateur radio equipment and conducted radio communications with radio amateurs on Earth. Hereby the SAREX program (Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment later called Space Amateur Radio Experiment) was created.
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Radio amateur Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, was the guest on the Radio 4 show The Life Scientific that was broadcast on Tuesday, April 20.
Martin Sweeting G3YJO pioneered the original SmallSats revolutions with the UOSAT-1 and UOSAT-2 spacecraft that carried amateur radio payloads and launched in the early 1980’s. They led to the founding of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) of which he is Executive Chairman.
You can listen to, or download, an MP3 recording of the BBC show which mentions amateur radio and AMSAT from the BBC website at https://bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000v7pb
read more @ https://amsat-uk.org/
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JY1 The Late King Hussein of Jordan ( in T-shart) with DR. Sid Ahmed Ibrahim ST2SA (holding the mike) and other Radio operators 9K2AL- 9K2AM-7Z3AB-JY4IA
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Good summary on SpaceX decoding so far by Scott Manley: How Amateur Radio Fans Decoded SpaceX's Telemetry & Engineering Video
Over the weekend amateur radio tinkerers in Europe managed to decode some portions of the telemetry data broadcast by the second stage of the Falcon 9 when it's in orbit. This data was in a somewhat standard format, but decoding still required some custom tools to extract the bitstream from the signal and then some guesswork to figure out the exact format. There's still lots of unknown data, but most interestingly this gave access to the engineering cameras including one showing the interior of the liquid oxygen tank.
A few days ago, a long-time amateur radio satellite watcher Scott Tilley announced on Twitter that his automated L-Band receiver detected signal emissions from the old NOAA-2 satellite.
It is not too uncommon for old decommissioned satellites to start transmitting a signal again, you may be familiar with a similar phenomenon that’s happened to Transit 5B-5 or NOAA-9, and plenty other satellites. Happysat has a page on his blog documenting emissions like this, but note that it’s now out of date and the satellites shown there may no longer be active.