Two launches in two days from two different sides of the world have put seven new amateur radio satellites in orbit.
|Korean singer turned satellite-builder Hojun Song, DS1SBO,|
performs final assembly of his OSSI-1 satellite.
|Antares rocket launches Phonesats toward orbit|
An April 21 launch from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia lofted a trio of "phonesats" into orbit, so-called because they are built around off-the-shelf smartphones. NASA says the phones' abilities to send and receive calls and texts were disabled before launch and that they were connected to higher-powered (amateur) transmitters. The three phonesats were dubbed Alexander, Graham, and Bell. Graham and Bell were sending photos from their smartphone cameras via AX.25 packet. For more info, see <www.phonesat.org>.