Friday, January 21, 2011

ARISSat-1 to deploy Feb 16

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will


deploy ARISSat-1, the first of a series of educational satellites being developed in a partnership with the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT), the NASA Office of Education ISS National Lab Project, the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) working group and RSC-Energia.

ARISSat satellites can carry up to five student experiments and the data from these experiments will be transmitted to the ground via an amateur radio link. In addition, ARISSat will transmit still frame video Earth views from four onboard cameras, commemorative greetings in native languages from students around the world, and a Morse code tracking beacon. ARISSat also will function as a world-wide space communications utility for use by amateur radio operators.


http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition26/russian_eva27.html

EDIT: Deployment has been postponed.

EDIT: It launched. Next on topic.