Photos: First space suit satellite launched

Photos: First space suit satellite launched

Summary: International Space Station astronauts launch a satellite made from a worn-out space suit.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • SuitSat-1 launch

    On Friday, SuitSat-1, made from a worn-out Russian space suit, was tossed into orbit from the International Space Station. The satellite's mission is to transmit a signal over FM frequency 145.990 MHz to ham radio operators around the world. The signal from SuitSat-1 was thought to be lost after two orbits but was picked up again on Sunday, according to a ham radio-tracking site.

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    SuitSat-1 is believed to be the first "do it yourself" satellite. Parts were sent on space station resupply missions and stuffed into an old spacesuit. SuitSat-1 could last in orbit up to six weeks.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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