- Category: ARSPEX
- Published: Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:44
- Written by ON4WF
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After much effort and planning, a new satellite will soon receive a gentle push from a member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew that will send it into low earth orbit. The spacecraft, known as ARISSat-1, will add another dimension to science classrooms worldwide in addition to space communications for the amateur (ham) radio community.The project is a cooperative effort between AMSAT, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International SpaceStation), RSC-Energia (The Russian Space Agency) and NASA. The design, development and construction of the satellite was done entirely by AMSAT volunteers. Original plans called for the satellite to be hosted inside an old Russian spacesuit. But when the suit became unavailable, the radio equipment was modified and re-fitted to a newly designed space frame. The new satellite was named ARISSat-1.