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Satellite Back From The Dead

Hemos posted more than 11 years ago | from the return-of-the-living-satellite dept.

Space 176

Papa Legba writes "Just ran across this amazing story about an amateur satellite that has returned from the dead. AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched in 1974 for radio hobbyists to use. In 1981 the onboard batteries died and the satellite went silent. Then on June 21st 2002, 20 years later, a hobbyist testing some new equipment made an amazing discovery. AMSAT-OSCAR 7 is live once more, both broadcasting and accepting signals. The theory expounded is that the dead battery short that took the satellite offline has cleared and it is now only running on its solar cells. While this does restrict it to daytime use, it is amazing that it works at all. " This was in the science section before - but worth the front page.

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How many times does it keep coming back? (-1, Redundant)

merlyn (9918) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763703)

Or is it just in another orbit [slashdot.org] ?

did anybody check (5, Funny)

Jedi Paramedic (587254) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763712)

to see if it came back attached to a planet-sized ship like in STTMP?

Re:did anybody check (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763930)

Just fuck off. Fuck off, and die.

Re:did anybody check (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763974)

"OSC'R is the creator." :-)

Re:did anybody check (4, Funny)

Psion (2244) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764089)

Either way, it might be smart to respond to it's signals -- we don't want it clearing away any carbon-based infestations.

Oh, gee. (-1, Redundant)

robslimo (587196) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763715)

Re:Oh, gee. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763739)

says hemos:

This was in the science section before - but worth the front page.

Re:Oh, gee. (0, Offtopic)

Cmdr Taco (luser) (578089) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763758)

Yep. This must be a new record. By the way, 'slimo, did you forget a closing tag there?

Hemos, do you read slashdot? This is amazing. There actually no news since yesterday, other than that AMSAT has re-classified AO-7's status.

I would recommend everyone post thoughtful replies only to the original (posted yesterday) article, not this one.

Re:Oh, gee. (1)

boa13 (548222) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763931)

Hemos, do you read slashdot? "Cmdr Taco (luser)" do you read articles until the end? Hemos said: "This was in the science section before - but worth the front page."

MOOSE! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763718)

moose are cool!

Re:MOOSE! (-1)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763837)

He [spacemoose.com] is nonliving proof

amsat (0)

Niksie3 (222515) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763720)

AMSAT [amsat.org] builds tons of other cool things, check them out...

Hubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763725)

"AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched in 1974 for radio hobbyists to use"

And Hubble was considered a miracle ...to be working for 15 years ...

Please, wait to signal it. (5, Funny)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763726)

both broadcasting and accepting signals.

We don't want the first extraterrestrial slashdotting.

Everyone loves Raymond! (-1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763732)

From "Hoagan's Heros" [arizonarepublic.com] to numerous "Star Trek" [ericweisstein.com] episodes, America has had a love affair with NAZIS [pogled.net] . And who [hiddenmysteries.com] wouldn't, with their advanced technology and friends in high places [freepress-freespeech.com] .

Make no mistake about it, those NAZIS [magnet.ch] didn't pussyfoot around -- they got things done. But if you were on the side of right, you too could take a place in the NAZI [visi.net] technilogical utopia [timewitnesses.org] .


(And don't even get me started on the gay SM scene's infatuation with the NAZI [google.com] dream!)

Now if only (0, Troll)

Corby911 (250281) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763734)

they could revive their webserver....

Satellite back! (0, Offtopic)

PhilJackson (540641) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763735)

I was hoping you were talking about audiogalaxy! :)

Re:Satellite back! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763826)

i hope so =(

worth the front page? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763738)

"worth the front page"????????

Yeah right - who cares??????????

Re:worth the front page? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763964)

Ya it is. And obviously worth more then you.

Re:worth the front page? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763979)


hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763743)

looks like their web server is about as robust as their satellites.

Google Cache (1, Troll)

ALoverOfPeace (586114) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763748)

Here. [google.com] I think that's the same article.

WARNING: goatsex link! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763797)

The real article is here [google.com] .

Re:WARNING: goatsex link! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763910)

ha ha good article

Is anyone else... (2, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763749)

... having scary 'Event Horizon' flashbacks?

Just don't talk to this thing for too long. It might not be quite the same as it was before.

One Word... (2)

Kamel Jockey (409856) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763917)

V-GER :)

Re:Is anyone else... (-1)

perl_god (578135) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763958)

No. Nobody but you. Don't you feel special?

Re:Is anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763998)

Liberate tuteme ex infernis!

Bwahaha. I burst into laughter when that came on in the movie, heh.

Great reporting (0, Redundant)

Telecommando (513768) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763750)

Papa Legba writes "Just ran across this amazing story about an amateur satellite that has
returned from the dead.

Let me guess, he didn't happen to run across this story on say... SLASHDOT?

Foolish humans. (2, Funny)

SpanishInquisition (127269) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763751)

They don't know we are using their own satellite to relay strategic information to our rogue agents.
Invasion date set to July 1st.

P.S. Make sure mothership is upgraded with latest security patch, we don't want some nerd with an apple laptop to hack our shield system again.

Re:Foolish humans. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763925)

Wouldn't "rouge agents" be sort of useless?

Re:Foolish humans. (3, Funny)

bsupak (519912) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763969)

I don't remember seeing 'Alien Mothership' in the chooser :P B

wait a sec (4, Funny)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763753)

This story looks suspiciously similar to a certain piece of spam I often see except in this case, the word 'penis' is replaced by 'satellite.'

And all this time I thought those herbal treatments they advertised were stupid scams!

Re:wait a sec (5, Funny)

Profe55or Booty (540761) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763806)

"Just ran across this amazing story about an amateur penis that has returned from the dead. AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched in 1974 for radio hobbyists to use. In 1981 the onboard batteries died and the penis went silent. Then on June 21st 2002, 20 years later, a hobbyist testing some new equipment made an amazing discovery. AMSAT-OSCAR 7 is live once more, both broadcasting and accepting signals. The theory expounded is that the dead battery short that took the penis offline has cleared and it is now only running on its solar cells. While this does restrict it to daytime use, it is amazing that it works at all. "

i don't know about you, but my amateur penis doesn't have onboard batteries.

Re:wait a sec (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763832)

really? my wife's does...

Re:wait a sec (1)

Zelet (515452) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763877)

mod parent up... that is some funny sh!t.

Re:wait a sec (1)

einstein (10761) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763892)

If my amateur penis is only running on solar power, can I walk around without pants?
---

Re:wait a sec (3, Funny)

grytpype (53367) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764020)

You should upgrade to Penis Pro 2002. Its lithium batteries last 3 hours before a recharge (1 hour in Brazil).

ack! (0)

jhampson (580482) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763755)

V-ger has come back to join with it's maker!

Makes me wonder.... (2, Funny)

idfrsr (560314) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763764)

Did the guy who contacted it chance upon the satelitte coming online or was he sending messages to it for 20 years and only now realized that it was offline?

Re:Makes me wonder.... (2)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764116)

Are you joking or what? Satellites act like repeaters, most of them are crossband, and you would have earphones and a receiver on the output frequency so you could hear yourself talk.

Amazing indeed. (-1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763770)

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2002 for 10.2Ω (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763778)

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Get A Clue! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763779)



Everybody knows that aliens fixed it. Sheesh...

Damm! (0, Offtopic)

quantaman (517394) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763785)

There weren't any real good comments in the story in the science section to rip off and pass off as my own!

Re:Damm! (0, Offtopic)

JayDoggy (200317) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763850)

Damm! I'll just copy your comment, then, and maybe I'll get a +1 Funny just for copying a comment about copying comments.

someone must hate the admins over there... (5, Funny)

Profe55or Booty (540761) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763789)

we just slashdotted them TWICE in 2 days. jesus christ. have some fucking compassion

More info: (5, Informative)

Otto (17870) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763793)

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/news/ans.html

AMSAT Miracle
STOP PRESS - Announcement....

First heard by Pat Gowan G3IOR, Oscar 7 seems to have made a comeback! Pat copied and downloaded CW telemetry. This information was confirmed by several AMSAT members as coming from OSCAR-7. This satellite was launched on November 15 1974, giving it a life of 27 and one half years. The receive frequency was 145.9738.

Jan King W3GEY commented, "G3IOR's telemetry frame is interesting. Apparently he did hear the AO-7 mode B beacon tonight.

"I got out my December 1974 and looked up the telemetry equations for the Morse Code Telemetry Encoder and what I found is in the attached spreadsheet.

"I'm blown away. Most of this stuff makes pretty good sense. In particular, the temperatures make sense and I would have guessed that they would be the most solid IF the reference voltage held (which it did). Interpreting some of this for those who may not understand or don't remember, the telemetry says the spacecraft was in Mode B; all the other beacons and Mode A were off. It is possible that the thing had just turned on because the old 24 hour timer just reset it to Mode B. The damn thing may think it is still on an every other day cycle. The power output of the transponder is 1.16 watts which may mean it is transmitting white noise plus beacon power. That seems about right, but a little low as I recall. The instrumentation switching regulator is in the middle of its normal range and seems to be working fine. The internal temperatures are around 15 deg. C; the external temperatures are around 5 C and the transponder PA temp, which should be the warmest - IS - it's 35.1 deg. C. The array current value is bust. I think maybe it always was. Need to look for some old telemetry to confirm that. The array current calibrations looks off. The array currents are in the normal range but all four show current. This can't be. Only two at a time should show current. Without a battery on line, this is entirely possible. The big find is that the battery voltage telemetry shows a voltage of 13.9 volts. Normal is 13.6 to 15.1 volts. So that would suggest the battery was normal BUT, the 1/2 battery voltage is measuring only 5.8 volts. That can't be. This imbalance probably means that the 5.8 volts is the correct value for the lower half of the battery (which is a low value for that half, if the cells were normal - they are probably not) and there is a break somewhere in the upper 1/2 of the battery string. My guess is the indicated voltage is really what the BCR is putting out with only the spacecraft load as a real load and the battery string has an effective break (or a pretty high resistance) somewhere in the upper half.

"So, this old war horse of a spacecraft seems to have come back from the dead if only for a few moments. And it is telling us, that even in a 1460 km high orbit a cheap spacecraft built by a bunch of hams, without very many high rel parts and without designing for a radiation dose like this, can last for 27+ years in space as far as a majority of its electronics is concerned. Even the damn precision reference voltage regulator is still in calibration!"

Like many of us, stunned by the announcement of the return of an old friend, Past President and BOD Chairman Bill Tynan added "Wow! Shades of Harry Potter and Steven King. It makes one believe in ghosts."

[ANS thanks President Robin Haighton for this item]

Upon the Dawn of the Dead, it shall be ... (0, Offtopic)

unformed (225214) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763796)

Judgement Day.

Jesus is coming; everyone look busy!

Comes back alive... (1, Redundant)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763801)

...only to be slastdotted out of exitence...

"Was in the science section prev.- but worth front (0, Redundant)

aengblom (123492) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763805)

Listen up!!!

Hemos:

"This was in the science section before - but worth the front page."


Moderate me redundant when people stop compaining that it was on slashdot yesterday! ;-)

Re:"Was in the science section prev.- but worth fr (0, Offtopic)

robslimo (587196) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763881)

OK, Let's moderate Hemos' article (-1 Redundant)

Hey, if you want science articles, go to the bloody science section like I do. Being off the front page, the SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) is much better, the trolls don't all jump in and far fewer mod points are blown on silliness. The comments attached to this front-page article will consist of a great deal more fluff and lame attempts at humor.

But then again, maybe it's just a slow news day at /.

Back from the dead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763815)

Oh, man, wasn't this how v'ger started?

Maybe an Alien turned it back on for us! (2, Funny)

Martin Marvinski (581860) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763822)

LOL. I guess the SETI project may actually turn up something after all.

Seems Slashdotted... (5, Informative)

ONU CS Geek (323473) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763825)

Summary Name: AMSAT-OSCAR 7 (Phase-IIB)
Nasa Catalog Number: 7530
Launched: November 15, 1974
Launch vehicle: Delta 2310
Launched piggyback with: ITOS-G (NOAA 4) and the Spanish INTASAT
Launch location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California
Weight: 28.6 kg
Orbit: 1444 x 1459 km
Inclination: Inclination 101.7 degrees
Period:
Size: Octahedral shaped 360 mm high and 424 mm in diameter
Modes: A, B, and C

Beacons:

  • 29.502 MHz (200 mw) Used in conjunction with Mode A

  • 145.972 MHz (200 mw) Used in conjunction with Mode B and C [low power Mode B]

  • 435.100 MHz (intermittent problem -- switches between 400 mw and 10 mw)

  • 2304.1 MHz (40 mw) Must be commanded on. Auto off after 15 minutes. Requires STA to operate.

Linear Transponders:
  • Transponder I: Mode A

    • Type: linear, non-inverting

    • Uplink: 145.850 - 145.950 MHz

    • Downlink: 29.400 - 29.500 MHz

    • Translation Equation:
      Downlink (MHz) = Uplink (MHz) - 116.450 MHz +/- Doppler

    • Output Power: 1.3 watts PEP (start of life)

  • Transponder II: Mode B and Mode C (low power)

    • Type: linear, inverting

    • Uplink: 432.125 - 432.175 MHz *See Note

    • Downlink: 145.975 - 145.925 MHz

    • Translation Equation:
      Downlink (MHz) = 578.100 - uplink (MHz) +/- Doppler

    • Output Power: 8 watts PEP Mode B (start of life), 2.5 watts PEP Mode C

*Note: Due to changes in Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Service there are questions as to legality of Amateurs transmitting to AO-7. The uplink frequency predates the WARC '79 allocation of 435-438 MHz by the ITU for the Amateur Satellite Service and places the uplink in 70cm weak signal segment.

Potential users should realize that when they are uplinking to a satellite, they are no longer operating in the Amateur Service but instead operating in the Amateur Satellite Service. Thus they are subject to Amateur Satellite Service rules. Therefore uplinking to AO-7 is possibly illegal since the Amateur Satellite Service is not permitted at 432.1 MHz. Also, since the IARU bandplan has the 432.1 MHz range earmarked as "weak signal" in all three Regions, it would appear that all users trying to access the uplink are also outside the Amateur Satellite Service rules and regulations.

Firsts:
  • Satellite-to-satellite relay communication via AO-6.
  • Early demonstrations of low-budget medical data relay and Doppler location of ground transmitters for search-and-rescue operations were done using this satellite.
  • The Mode-B transponder was the first using "HELAPS" (High Efficient Linear Amplification by Parametric Synthesis) technology was developed by Dr. Karl Meinzer as part of his Ph.D.
  • First to fly a Battery Charge Regulator (BCR).
Status: Semi-Operational
  • The latest information is available from:
  • Jan King, W3GEY reports AO-7 is almost certainly running only off the solar panels. It is very likely to be on only when in the sun and off in eclipse. Therefore, AO-7 will reset each orbit and may not turn on each time.

Telemetry:

Description AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched November 15, 1974 by a Delta 2310 launcher from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California. AO-7 was launched piggyback with ITOS-G (NOAA 4) and the Spanish INTASAT. The second phase 2 satellite (Phase II-B). Weight 28.6 kg. Orbit 1444 x 1459 km. Inclination 101.7 degrees. Octahedrally shaped 360 mm high and 424 mm in diameter. Circularly polarized canted turnstile VHF/UHF antenna system and HF dipole.

Similar to AO-6. Built by a multi-national (German, Canadian, United States, and Australian) team of radio amateurs under the direction of AMSAT-NA. It carried Mode A (145.850-950 MHz uplink and 29.400-500 MHz downlink) and Mode B (432.180-120 MHz uplink and 145.920-980 MHz downlink (inverted)) linear transponders and 29.500 and 145.700 MHz beacons. The 2304.1 MHz was never turned on because of international treaty constraints.

Four radio masts mounted at 90 degree intervals on the base and two experimental repeater systems provided store-and-forward for morse and teletype messages (Codestore) as it orbited around the world. The Mode-B transponder was designed and build by Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC and Werner Haas, DJ5KQ. The Mode-B transponder was the first using "HELAPS" (High Efficient Linear Amplification by Parametric Synthesis) technology was developed by Dr. Karl Meinzer as part of his Ph.D.

Additional information about AO-7 was printed in the September 1974 AMSAT Newsletter [slashdot.org] .

AO-7 was operational for 6.5 years until a battery failure ceased operation in mid 1981. Then on June 21, 2002, Pat Gowen, G3IOR, posted this email message on AMSAT-BB:

From: "pat gowen" <patgowen@btconnect.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Lazarus?
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 22:30:54 +0100

I have just come across something most remarkable this Friday 21st June evening. Checking out interlopers in our 145.800 - 146.000 MHz space band with a new vertical now atop my 60' tower and working like magic, at 1728 UTC I came across a beacon at S.7 sending slow 8 -10 wpm CW on 145.973.8 MHz. It slowly Dopplered down to 145.970 MHz before going out at 1739 UTC. A full run of TLM went: -

Hi Hi
100 176 164 178
280 262 200 254
375 358 331 354
453 454 461 459
541 501 552 529
600 600 601 651
Hi Hi

It sounded VERY familiar, but, I'm dammned if I can recall which one it was. Obviously an OSCAR, but which had the callsign W3OHI? Oscar-6, 7 or 8? I think it was OSCAR-6. If so, we have a new longevity record, even beating RS-1!

The beacon peaked S9 and there were S7 burbles some 10 - 20 KHz below the beacon, FSK'ing slightly as the beacon keyed. At times the beacon took on a rough quality, wobbling in frequency, then coming back strong and quite stable again. Going by the QSB rate it had about a 1 minute spin.

Could any veteran keen observers (who might look for it) please tell me what it was, as I feel sure that any old time AMSAT OSCAR devotee may have a far better memory than I!

73, Pat, G3IOR

Jan King, W3GEY, the AMSAT-OSCAR-7 Project Manager commented:

[AO-7] has a good set of arrays and the first BCR (battery charge regulator) we ever flew. It's the first spacecraft we ever had that was capable of overcharging the battery. When the battery failed the cells began to fail short. One cell after another failed and the voltage measured on telemetry began to drop. So, the cells were clearly failing SHORT. Now, after all these years, what happens if any one of the cells loses the short and becomes open? Then, the entire power bus becomes unclamped from ground and the spacecraft loads begin to again be powered but, this time only from the arrays. Now you have a daytime only satellite but, each time the sun rises at the spacecraft you have a random generator that either turns on Mode A or Mode B or whatever it wants. So, occasionally that 70cm/2m transponder transmitter and beacon must least work. From what you have told me (and without going back and decoding the old telemetry equations) I can tell you that the following things work in that spacecraft: The arrays, the BCR, the ISR (instrumentation switching regulator), the Mode B transmitter and beacon injection circuitry, the Morse Code telemetry encoder, and the voltage reference circuitry. The latter I know is working because the last telemetry value is 651. The "6" is just the row number of the telemetry value but the 51 means that the 1/2 volt reference is measuring 0.51 volts. I know that telemetry equation by heart since it was used as the calibration value for the rest of the telemetry system. So the telemetry has a fair chance of being decoded and making some sense!!! .

The full text of W3GEY's comments are here [slashdot.org] .

Initial reports on the health of AO-7 are:

  • Telemetry received may be good or bad. You can determine if the telemetry is good by the 6D value. It is the reference voltage for the analog TLM system and it should be around 50. If not, then the remainder of the telemetry will be incorrect.
  • Jan King, W3GEY notes that AO-7 had (has?) a very sensitive receiver and a good uplink antenna. 5 watts EIRP should provide a good downlink. Amplifiers are not required for the uplink.
  • Excessive uplink power may be cause FMing of the transponder and may be causing the input voltage to the regulator that provides 6D to fluctuate causing all telemetry to be bad.
  • AO-7 is almost certainly running only off the solar panels. It is very likely to be on only when in the sun and off in eclipse. Since it is resetting each orbit it may not come on every time. Reports of hearing the beacon just as it comes out of eclipse would be particularly interesting.

References

  • Joe Kasser G3ZCZ/W3 and Jan King W3GEY, "OSCAR 7 and Its Capabilities," QST, Feb 1974, p. 56-60.
  • "OSCAR News: OSCAR 7", QST, Nov 1974, p. 81.
  • David Sumner, K1ZND, "OSCAR News: OSCAR 7 - It Works!," QST, Jan 1975, p. 49.
  • "OSCAR News: Reading the OSCAR 7 Telemetry", QST, Feb 1975, p. 63.
  • Perry Klein and Ray Soifer, W2RS, "Intersatellite Communication Using the AMSAT-OSCAR 6 and AMSAT-OSCAR 7 Radio Amateur Satellites," Proceedings of the IEEE Letters, Oct 1975, pp 1526-1527.
  • D. Brandel, P. Schmidt, and B. Trudell, "Improvements in Search and Rescue Distress Alerting and Location Using Satellites," IEEE WESCON, Sep 1976.
  • J. Kleinman, "OSCAR Medical Data," QST, Oct 1976, pp 42-43.
  • D. Nelson, "Medical Relay by Satellite," Ham Radio, Apr 1977, pp 67-73.
  • Martin Davidoff, "Predicting Close Encounters: OSCAR 7 and OSCAR 8," Ham Radio, Vol. 12, No. 7, Jul 1979, pp 62-67.
  • "Technical Correspondence: A Look at OSCAR-7 Telemetry", QST, Jul 1980, p. 38.
The latest information is available from:

[slashdot.org] Return to Satellite Summary [slashdot.org]

Credits: Thanks G3IOR, WD0E, W3GEY, DB2OS, W3IWI.

Last update June 23, 2002 - N7HPR [mailto]

Re:Seems Slashdotted... (1)

Colossus (9063) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764063)

"2304.1 MHz "

Well nuts, my Intel P4 is fater than that!

How does this work? (1, Offtopic)

You'reAFuckingMoron (587707) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763833)

This was in the science section before - but worth the front page.

You'll have to forgive me, but I don't understand how SlashDot works. Both articles are in the "Science" section, under the "Space" topic. Why is one on the front page, and one not on the front page?

If the "Front Page" bit has nothing to do with the "Section" bit, why not just click the "Front Page" bit on the original story, instead of running two stories and fragmenting the comments? Aren't the comments valuable at all around here? Or do only the stories matter?

And, are "topics" orthogonal to "sections", or do the sections partition the topics, or what? What the hell is a topic, and why does each story only seem to have one?

Re:How does this work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763872)

Re-read your post. No comments are not valuable.

Re:How does this work? (1)

anotherone (132088) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764003)

There are different sections in slashdot. Off the top of my head:

The different sections offer more coverage of specific topics that not everyone is interested in. For instance, most people here don't care about the newest BSD updates, since this site is really more linux-centric; so /. confines everything but the biggest BSD news to bsd.slashdot.org.

daytime use? (2)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763846)

Daytime use where? Last I checked, it's usually daytime at some point on this planet. But I'd imagine that somewhere we can find out when this satellite is in 'daytime' or not.

Re:daytime use? (2)

toupsie (88295) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763896)

In the only place that matters, America! If you want a satellite to be active during your daytime, fund it, build it and launch it. Jeez...

Re:daytime use? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763937)

if it's using solar panels, then it wont have power when it is in the shadow of the earth.

Re:daytime use? (1)

mongoks (540017) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763944)

Not really. The satellite is in a geosynchronous orbit so it only gets sunlight part of the day. The rest of the time it is blocked by the Earth.

Um, NO! (4, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764049)

The satellite is NOT in geosynchronous orbit.

NO amateur satellites are there - The cost of launch is simply too prohibitive, and it raises groundstation equipment requirements too much.

The highest-flying amateur satellites (AO-10 and AO-40) are in highly elliptical orbits. Almost all others are in various low-earth orbits, circling the Earth every 80-100 minutes.

Do a freshmeat search for "predict" - It's an excellent satellite position prediction package for Linux.

Re:daytime use? (1)

Jeremiah Blatz (173527) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764026)

Daytime for the satellite, silly. From the obit of the other AO satellites (from j-track 3d [nasa.gov] ), I suspect AO-7 is in a low orbit, so it's day-night cycle is quite short.

Re:daytime use? (1)

robslimo (587196) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764108)

It orbits Earth a little over 20 times per 24 hour period. Yep. Its orbit is low and fast.

"We're Back From the Dead" (1)

westies-from-hell (533039) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763868)

Perhaps Spinal Tap had something to do with the satellite's resurrection. Reportedly, the satellite started brodcasting "Tonight, I'm Going to Rock You (Tonight)"....

There's only one scientific explanation for this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763875)

The satellite is alive! It has become a living machine! All hail AMSAT Oscar 7! Please do not destroy our meager civilization!

Was alive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763887)

But now it is dead again, thanks to the slashdot effect.

What about the SPOT satellites? (2)

boa13 (548222) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763890)

It seems to me that such a kind of feat was also achieved with the SPOT satellites [astrium-space.com] , except that it was of much more commercial importance.

The SPOT 3 satellite died in orbit on November 1996, way before its SPOT 4 successor was launched (March 1998). Meanwhile, to be able to continue their business [spotimage.fr] , the owners of the SPOT network more or less resurrected SPOT 1, which was launched on February 1986.

Sadly, I don't remember or even knew all the details, so I would be glad if someone could step up to provide some more.

Related, but slightly OT: last November, a 50 Mbps laser link between SPOT 4 orbiting at 832 km and another satellite (Artemis) orbiting at 31,000 km was successfully tested [spotimage.fr] . This allows ground stations to keep contact with SPOT 4 for a much longer time, and avoids having to rely too much on the onboard storage systems. Now, that's high-tech. :)

Back from the DEAD.... (1, Funny)

ACK!! (10229) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763893)

Everyone muster their best Dr. Frankenstein voices and shout together....

It's Alive!!

It's Alive!!

________________________________________________ __ __

Re:Back from the DEAD.... (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763947)

I thought I heard a yummy sound. And look at that, you've hardly touched you food!

Re:Back from the DEAD.... (1)

LittleGuy (267282) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764035)

Just in from OSCAR 7:

Grrrrr.... argh..... solid transisitors.... must have... transistors.... argh....

getting close to July 4th you know what that means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763904)

"They're using our own satellites against us!"

Somebody get ahold of Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith. I've got a project for them.

Or maybe we should just hand this one off to the Men in Black.

Re:getting close to July 4th you know what that me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763915)

Don't worry.
We'll be able to defeat the aliens, as long as they still use AppleTalk protocol on their servers so that 'ol Jeff can upload the virus from his powerbook.

If I remember right, in Idependance Day, they use TCP/IP ! When he connect the laptop on the alien vessel, we can see a Big window in the "MovieOS" style where we can read "TCP-IP Connect" !

Scary! (1)

lacrymology.com (583077) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763907)

>Satellite Back From The Dead It has been established that satellites who have died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder.

status: semi-operational (-1)

ranger8x (550302) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763911)

well at least it hasn't crashed back into a planet because of someone throwing in english measurements with metric. kudos amateurs!!

and for its next incredible feet (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763924)

Mateing with VGER to produce more offspring like in that killer robot story last week.

Excuse me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763927)

Interesting. So this satellite has long since dropped off the face of the solar system. And then, one day, without warning...it's back?

News flash: satellites don't fix themselves.

As Sherlock Holmes was fond of saying, "once you have ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be correct." Or something to that effect.

In any case, I see to possibilities as to what really happened:
  1. The satellite was "replaced" by a foreign government, so as to appear to be the genuine OSCAR 7 while monitoring all of our transmissions, and
  2. The satellite was "replaced" by...someone else.
Now I'm not one to start telling UFO stories, but I don't want to rule out the second possibility (see Holmes quotation above). At the very least, we should approach the purported OSCAR 7 very cautiously. And we might want to start preparing a welcoming committee, too... just in case.

Illegal to contact dead satellites (5, Interesting)

LeiraHoward (529716) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763932)

Well, according to the article,

*Note: Due to changes in Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Service there are questions as to legality of Amateurs transmitting to AO-7....

Therefore uplinking to AO-7 is possibly illegal since the Amateur Satellite Service is not permitted at 432.1 MHz. Also, since the IARU bandplan has the 432.1 MHz range earmarked as "weak signal" in all three Regions, it would appear that all users trying to access the uplink are also outside the Amateur Satellite Service rules and regulations.


So, basically what they are telling us is that it is illegal to do something that was legal when it originally came out, (which is what the government usually does). We can't use the satellite for it's original purpose.


In other words, it's illegal to talk to previously dead satellites.

Re:Illegal to contact dead satellites (1)

robslimo (587196) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763963)

umm, a clarification is in order.

It is now illegal for a amateur to transmit on that frequency to that satellite as the frequency has been reassigned to other uses (not Amateur Radio).

Re:Illegal to contact dead satellites (2)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764029)

I don't see why - after all when the satellite was sent up the freqency was probably registered with the itu and warc. I know you're supposed to notify the fcc if an amateur satellite retires, but what if it comes back?

Another thing 432.1 is a legal frequency for us hams to transmit on in the US - and its a well known fact that the so called band plan is a gentlemens agreement (in the same since lsb is used for bands below 20 meters) in other words its not a law. 432.1 is in the weak signal portion of the 70cm band - personally I've always considered some satellite work weak signal.

Not quite. (5, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764103)

As to use of 432.1 - It's iffy.

Illegal or not, most amateurs will not transmit there as it's reserved for weak-signal work, and who knows, they might want to run moonbounce themselves sometime in the future. :)

If 432.1 were in repeater or FM simplex territory, no one would care.

Either way - The satellite has two uplinks and this only affects one of them.

If you want to track Oscar 7... (5, Informative)

robslimo (587196) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763934)

Here are the NASA 2-line Keplerian elements for AO-7:

AO-07
1 07530U 74089B 02167.52996888 -.00000029 00000-0 10000-3 0 935
2 07530 101.7955 212.2077 0012102 193.4285 166.6467 12.53558681262239

Also, you may see it's orbit here [heavens-above.com]

Re:If you want to track Oscar 7... (1)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764067)

So it goes right over Antarctica, too bad it only works in the sunlight....

What orbit is it in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763943)

What orbit is it in, and what are the frequencies of it's transponders?

be afraid (0, Troll)

bigmaddog (184845) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763953)

This amazing resiliance demonstrated by electronics (not just this but also Mir and Poineer 10 [nasa.gov] , and there are probably others), combined with the fact that electronics are starting to get smart and escape [theage.com.au] (as reported on Slashdot, but I can't find the story now), is rather alarming. Sure, right now it's durable space probes and escaping benign experimental robots, but what will happen in the near future? You'll throw out your toaster and the thing will come back ten years later seeking revenge. Combine this with the work on modular robots [parc.com] and you won't only have a pissed toaster out for vengeance, but it'll be riding on that lawn mower you tossed earlier, firing AOL CDs and spraying used motor oil. *shudder*

Behold.... (1)

SadatChowdhury (512992) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763967)

This is VGER!

Taken over? (1)

uncoveror (570620) | more than 11 years ago | (#3763971)

Perhaps this satellite has been taken over by an extra-terrestrial intelligence. It may be the same Space Invaders fom that picture. http://www.uncoveror.com/invaders.htm [uncoveror.com]
One can only wonder what messages they intend to send, and if they are listening for us to respond.

802.11? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763980)

Quick, somebody set this thing up to act as an 802.11 repeater.

Ain't gonna happen. (2)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764070)

It has a single low-duty-cycle beacon in the 2.3 GHz band. No reception capability anywhere close to the 802.11 bands. Most of the uplinks/downlinks are in the 2 meter and 70 cm amateur bands.

802.11 is just not suited well for space-based communications anyway...

Slashdot Karma HOWTO (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3763992)

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Too bad it's not a Microsoft satellite (4, Funny)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764017)

..if that were the case, turning it off and on every day like that might actually make it work [i]better[/i].

Oh no! (2)

Asprin (545477) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764028)

...I came across a beacon at S.7 sending slow 8 -10 wpm CW on 145.973.8 MHz....

You came across a beacon transmitting S CLUB 7 ?!?!

NO! SHUT THEM ALL DOWN! HURRY! Listen to them, R2... they're dying in there... We're all doomed....

Slashdotting a satellite (5, Funny)

borgasm (547139) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764030)

So, a 25+ year old satellite wakes from the dead, drifting out in the cold darkness of space.

I find it amazing that a hunk of metal orbiting our planet for longer than I have been alive still functions, yet a modern webserver with possibly more advanced components succombs to slashdotting in minutes.

Solution: Build webservers out of 1974 satellite components. (Although that large gap of 20 years downtime may pose a problem.)

equipment ? (1)

pretzel_logic (576231) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764053)

what kind of equipment would i need to send messages to it. this sounds really neat. can someone help me out by posting a list of equipment and maybe a title of a good reference book to guide. thanks

Re:equipment ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3764185)

http://www.qsl.net/vk3jed/1st_sat.html

Assuming you are properly licensed of course.

V'Ger arrives at Earth and signals its Creator. (1)

dloolb (159254) | more than 11 years ago | (#3764072)

Anyone else think this sounds a little bit SPOOKY.

From Star Trek - The Movie
V'Ger arrives at Earth and signals its Creator.
When there is no response, V'Ger blasts energy bolts at the planet in an attempt to rid it of all its carbon infestations.
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