Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ham Astronauts Make History on Return to Earth

Splashdown of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
It was NASA's first nighttime splashdown in
53 years. (NASA photo)
Four ham astronauts returning from the International Space Station made history on their trip back to Earth. Michael Hopkins, KF5LJG; Victor Glover, KI5BKC; Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, and Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP, traveled to and from the station on the first operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon cap- sule, the first commercial spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to and from orbit. It was also the first nighttime splashdown for NASA since 1968. 

According to the ARRL Letter, members of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission used the amateur station on board the space station to conduct school contacts as part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.