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SuitSat is a payload that was installed in a discarded Russian Orlan EVA suit that was ejected from the International Space Station. It carried an amateur radio beacon that was activated in the two meter band.

After activation SuitSat transmitted for several orbits and then was thought to go silent. However better equipped stations were able to continue to hear it, and it was assumed that it somehow dropped into a very low power mode. NORAD later identified some debris in the vicinity of SuitSat (NORAD Number 28934) which may have been part of the payload or possibly the SuitSat antenna.

Based on the reports the SuitSat team has received, the last confirmed reception of the SuitSat voice audio was on Saturday February 18 Bob King's station, VE6BLD in Canada. The last confirmed telemetry was received by Richard Crow's station, N2SPI in the USA.

Alternate Names

  • 28933
  • Radioskaf
  • Oscar 54

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-09-08
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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