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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS006 (2008)

ARLS006 New Russian Satellite in Orbit

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Space Bulletin 006  ARLS006
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  May 29, 2008
To all radio amateurs

ARLS006 New Russian Satellite in Orbit

A Russian rocket launched from Plesetsk on May 23 carried a number
of payloads to orbit, including a new Amateur Radio satellite named
Yubileiny -- Russian for jubilee -- since christened Radio Sputnik
30 (RS-30).

Operational details are vague at this time. Amateurs throughout the
world report receiving signals at 435.315 and 435.215 MHz; some
report reception of CW telemetry while others report what appear to
be image transmissions from the satellite.  RS-30 is orbiting at a
maximum altitude of 1500 km, creating a substantial communications
footprint below.

The satellite will broadcast audio and video about the history of
the Soviet and Russian space programs, as well as signals imitating
those broadcast by Sputnik in 1957.

According to the satellite's launch team, "The motive for
development of the Yubileiny small spacecraft was the 50th
anniversary of the first space satellite. With the help of that
satellite, the new space systems and equipment are expected to get
flight qualification, and radio-amateurs all over the world will be
able to receive information on the history of space development and
domestic cosmonautics achievements."