Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ARISSat-1 Deployed After Delay

The ARISSat-1 amateur satellite was deployed by spacewalking cosmonauts today at approximately 1845 UTC, according to minute-by-minute postings by CQ VHF staff on the CQ VHF magazine Facebook page. The deployment was delayed for about three hours after the satellite was taken outside the International Space Station due to questions regarding one of its antennas. Ultimately the decision was made to toss it into space and put it in orbit! No word as of this posting as to whether the satellite is functioning independently. You may follow progress on the ARISSat-1 web page.