[amsat-bb] Re: British Satellite Prospero heard ??

M0ZLB m0zlb at btinternet.com
Fri Oct 27 15:56:18 PDT 2006

Hi John,

I saw the programme and spent the next couple of hours searching the
internet for some information pertaining to Prospero (frequencies and such
like), the BBC's webpage wasn't much help either.

But this link,  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/?id=coast should give
you the option of watching the program again and although I haven't tried it
yet, you may be able to fast forward it to the relevant bit.

If anyone on the list has any input, I would be interested.


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Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 5:44 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] British Satellite Prospero heard ??

Can anyone verify the reception of signals from this old satellite?

The BBC TV programe Coast visited the Black Arrow test site on the Isle of
This was the location for a static firing test site, part of the sucessful
UK rocket program in the 1960's-70's

On the programe they demonstrated reception of short pulses which were
claimed to be from the satellite Prospero.
Object number 5580. Is this genuine,  or did they pick up something else
which they attributed to Prosopero.

An AOR scanner was shown but I was not quick enough to see the frequency
display.  Did anyone record it on video?
The antenna was a small yagi hand held.

The only reference to a recent reception report I can find on the net dates
to 2002 and a frequency of 137.560.
Element sets for Prospero are available from the Space-Track web site. 

(see the Space Page, RadCom January 2006.

73 John G7HIA

PS/ I listened on numerous day light orbits early in the year and heard

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