• Radio Amateur Hears Cassini Spacecraft

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Mon Jun 12 14:43:54 2017
    06/12/2017

    According to a recent post on the Pacific Northwest VHF Society (PNWVHFS[1]) reflector, Paul Marsh, M0EYT, has confirmed reception of the Cassini spacecraft, now in orbit around Saturn. He used a 1.8-meter dish with extender panels. Launched in 1997, Cassini will crash into Saturn in September. It was launched nearly 20 years ago.

    The research spacecraft, which carried the European Space Agency's Huygens probe now on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, currently is executing about 2 dozen dives through Saturn's rings. The Huygens probe separated from the orbiter in 2004 and transmitted data to Earth using the orbiter as a relay. This was the first successful landing in the outer solar system.

    According to his QRZ.com profile, Marsh is heavily involved with satellite tracking and monitoring activities. He has described his Amateur Radio activities as having "been reduced to the odd VHF/microwave QSO."

     


    [1] http://www.pnwvhfs.org

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