View Full Version : The Spacesuit Satellite

2006-Jan-27, 05:31 AM
SUMMARY: On the 3rd of February the strangest satellite ever constructed will be launched into orbit by astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS). The satellite, called SuitSat, is an empty old spacesuit. It's equipped with 3 batteries, a radio transmitter and internal sensors to measure temperature and battery power. The satellite will continuously transmit its conditions to Earth while orbiting it. SuitSat will be broadcasting a radio signal that can be easily heard from the ground using an FM radio tuned to 145.990 MHz.

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2006-Feb-01, 04:20 AM
What a great idea! This reminds me of a story I read somewhere. Nasa spent millions of dollars trying to perfect a pen that would work in zero gravity. The Russians used a pencil. :D

Charlie in Dayton
2006-Feb-04, 10:17 AM
Unfortunately, it seems that SuitSat's batteries froze over after two orbits, and the transmitter went dead. Informal investigations are being conducted to see if there's a way to do this again and make it last longer, as there's at least one more junker spacesuit aboard ISS.

...c'est la vie...

2006-Feb-06, 07:31 AM
It's (still) alive!
February 5, 2006 (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1582483)
"..."Death reports were premature," said Allen Pitts, a spokesman for the American Radio Relay League...the signals were "weak, cold and really hard to copy, but alive."...NASA reported late Friday [February 3] that the spacesuit had ceased transmitting..."