Long-Lost US Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K7JOE, Apr 25, 2020.

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  1. K7JOE

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  2. K1LPI

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    Recently, Scott Tilley VE7TIL got interested in a communications satellite he thought might still be alive -- or at least among the living dead. LES-5, built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, was launched in 1967. Tilley was inspired by another amateur who in 2016 had found LES-1, an earlier satellite built by the same lab. What was intriguing to him about LES-5 was that if it was still working, it might be the oldest functioning satellite still in geostationary orbit. By scouring the Internet, he found a paper describing the radio frequency that LES-5, an experimental military UHF communications satellite, should be operating on -- if it was still alive. So he decided to have a look.

    Link to the story on slash/dot.

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  3. KA9JLM

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    Don't those signals float around out in space forever ?
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  4. VE3WI

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  5. KE0RFZ

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    Very cool. I wouldn't be suprised if this recieves more detailed attention from Newsline.
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  6. G3SEA

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    Fascinating !
    Wonder how many more SK Sats are out there ? :cool:
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  7. N1OOQ

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    3 threads and counting...
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  8. WD8ED

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    Ah, but it isn’t SK!
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  9. HB9EPC

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    Arrêter de laisser des déchets dans l'espace deviens une priorité, avant que cela soit impossible...
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  10. G3SEA

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    It awoke from it's ' Coma' :cool:
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