Archive - Nov 17, 2005 - Story
By Miles, WF1F (MAREX-MG):
The SuitSat project is onboard the International space station and could be activated in as little as 3 weeks. The current tentative activation date is during the ISS crew space walk on Wednesday December 7, 2005. SuitSat will be a hand launched satellite.
Students in Italy and England spoke via Amateur Radio November 9 with International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the QSOs with the Francesco Negri Comprehensive Institute in Casale Monferrato, Italy, and with Furtherwick Park School on Canvey Island in Essex, England. Speaking via the space station's NA1SS, McArthur shared with the students in Italy how he feels about living in space.
Now is the time to begin preparing your amateur radio station to receive signals from SuitSat, the most unusual Amateur Radio satellite ever orbited. SuitSat amateur radio equipment will be installed inside a surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit. It will become an independently orbiting satellite once it is deployed by the crew of the International Space Station during an extravehicular activity, tentatively planned around December 8, 2005.
Soyuz TMA-7 Even though they'll be traveling at five miles a second and flying independently for about 40 minutes, they won't be going very far.
Space station Commander Bill McArthur and Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev will move their Soyuz TMA spacecraft from the station's Pirs docking compartment to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module on Friday.