Message from Frank Bauer, ARISS international chairman –
SUITSAT : A VERY SPECIAL ORBITAL SATELLITE CARRYING AMATEUR RADIO
I am proud to announce that today the ARISS-US team has delivered their
portion of the Suitsat hardware to the
The Suitsat amateur radio system, coupled with a school artwork DVD project that will be delivered later this month, is planned to be installed in an outdated Russian Orlon spacesuit in late September. It will then be deployed from the ISS during an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalk). The Suitsat amateur radio system will beam down special messages and an SSTV image from within the Orlon space suit as it floats in space. Suitsat radio system will allow hams and students to track the suit and decode special international messages, space suit telemetry, and a pre-programmed Slow Scan TV image through its specially-built digital voice messaging system and amateur radio transmitter. As built, Suitsat will be a transmit-only capability that will run on the space suit's battery power.
The idea for Suitsat was first conceived by the ARISS-Russia team, led
by Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, and was extensively discussed at the joint AMSAT
Symposium/ARISS International Partner meeting in October 2004. The
project, also called Radioskaf or Radio Sputnik in
Since October the Suitsat design concept matured and evolved due to the
challenging development time constraints. A joint NASA letter, allowing
the ARISS team to proceed forward with the Suitsat project was signed on
On behalf of the ARISS International team, I want to congratulate the Suitsat hardware development team for their "Can Do" spirit and ability to deliver the Suitsat hardware on such a very challenging schedule.
Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chairman
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs