Spring 2008 Issue
Get Ready for SuitSat-2
SuitSat-1/RadioSkaf-1 departs From the ISS. Thanks to the success of the first mission, this exciting event will happen again with a new SuitSat-2/RadioSkaf-2 currently in the development and testing stages by the Amateur Radio Aboard International Space Station (ARISS) and AMSAT teams.
Despite technical difficulties that allowed only the best-equipped stations to copy its signal, SuitSat-1 has provided to the international space agencies—including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Russian Space Agency (RSA)—such a successful face on behalf of amateur radio that AMSAT, partnered with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project, may get another chance to not only repeat this feat, but now to include additional technical capability and student access to space never before available.
SuitSat-2/RadioSkaf-2 gives radio amateurs around the
world the chance to participate in the exciting Amateur Radio in Space
program. Here are some of the features of this new mission that we can
look forward to:
• New SuitSat-2 satellite design building on the original SuitSat mission
• Expanded educational outreach program being
• 1200-baud AX25 packet digipeater
• 400 bps PSK telemetry
• SSTV downlink
• FM voice messages
• Crossband U/V FM transponder
• Linear transponder based on software defined radio
• Solar power system to recharge suit batteries
Given the short, three-month lead-time constraints
when the SuitSat-1/Radioskaf-1 was approved, its basic electronics
package consisted of a modified amateur radio FM transceiver to provide
downlink-only capability of recorded greetings in several languages.
Basic controls, battery-power system interface, and a helmet-mounted
antenna were also developed and deployed.
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