Friday, January 13, 2023

No-Scan TV on Space Station


The International Space Station (NASA photo)
The amateur slow-scan TV (SSTV) system on the International Space Station (ISS) is off the air. The AMSAT News Service reports that the SSTV card that interfaces with the ISS computer system is damaged and unreliable. In addition, the station has recently upgraded its on-board laptop computers and they are not compatible with the current SSTV hardware. The Russian ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) team is working with the ARISS International software/hardware team to develop a new interface. Once completed, the new hardware will be launched to the ISS aboard a supply rocket and installed. Until then, ARISS SSTV capabilities will be down.