Slow Scan Television via AO-51

October 12, 2008 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

For the next week or so, Richard Garriot will be aboard the ISS. Richard’s dad was the first astronaut to use ham radio to talk to radio amateurs from orbit, and Richard will be operating ham radio during his stay, including the ability to send slow scan television images directly from the ISS. To get a bit of a head start, AMSAT configured AO-51 to transmit SSTV images, which I tried to record using my hand held yagi. As you can see, it wasn’t that great, but the ISS should have about 20x the radiated power, so I still might luck out and get some good images.

You can look at images as they are downloaded via the ARISS SSTV blog.