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.

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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.

  • SuitSat-1

    Here's a look at SuitSat-1 after it was stuffed and prepared for launch. Note the controls and antenna on the helmet, and the handle at the waist for the astronaut to hurl the satellite into its own orbit.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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