[amsat-bb] A lot! of felines ... or ... Cat: Nr: 05580

John Hackett archie.hackett at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 6 00:13:24 PST 2008

Hello Folks,
                 Does anyone know where I might obtain keps for object nr: 1973 583A, catalogue nr: 05580 ??.

My first shot was Celestrak but the page refused to accept the previous password it used to.

(There is no facility for 'remembering' an old password).

It's simply too much faffing around creating a new identity.

Any suggestions and I'd be most grateful.

This is the first 100% British satellite launched 35 years ago. There's a video on the Amsat-UK website showing that it's still transmitting.

It was also known as Prospero X-3.


Prospero? ... Aye!, the Duke of Milan in William Shakespeare's ... '
The Tempest' ... read the play and you'll understand why the satellite was christened thus.

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org>

From: archie.hackett at hotmail.com
To: g7hia at btinternet.com
CC: john at manchester.ac.uk; allan_gm1sxx at hotmail.com
Subject: Cat: Nr: 05580
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 01:28:29 +0100

Hello John,
                Re: the Prospero X-3 satellite. 

It's object nr: 1973 583A, catalogue nr: 05580. 

I've listened to the Amsat-UK website audio recording and noted the frequency as 137.560 WFM ... but I can't find any keps anywhere!.

Any ideas where I might find current keps ??. 

I tried the CelestTRACK website but it refuses to accept my password since I last checked in a year ago.

The Wikipedia page noters that it was decomissioned long ago but that it's still transmitting ... with an estimated life of 100 years.

Interesting power situation there ... nuclear based ??.

If I could find the keps I could have a listen. Any other 'secret' info ??. 

73 John 2     <la2qaa at amsat.org>

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