Friday, March 23, 2012

"Ice Goat 1" on APRS

A buoy designed to monitor and report weather in the Arctic seas was deployed in March by students from the U.S. Naval Academy and is beaconing its location via APRS, the Automatic Packet Reporting System. According to the AMSAT News Service, the buoy was dubbed "Ice Goat 1" and was transported to an area Arctic ice off the coast of Point Barrow, Alaska, that was expected to melt in the spring. The scientific data will be transmitted back to the Naval Academy on an Iridium satellite link, but it will be transmitting position information via APRS on 145.825 MHz with hopes that its signals will be relayed to the worldwide APRS network by the digipeater aboard the International Space Station.