[amsat-bb] Re: Oldest working orbiting satellite? Todays quiz!

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Thu Nov 4 10:08:22 PDT 2010

I  know this has been kick around before, however, w ith all the satellites up there in various stages of functionality is it not possible any of them could be "configured" for our use?  

73 Bob W7LRD 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Bloy" <chris at photofuture.co.uk> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:43:20 AM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Oldest working orbiting satellite? Todays quiz! 

Hi Robert, 


>> Non-working Amateur Satellite still in-orbit? (AO-13?) 
>Oscar III...then Oscar V...Oscar V has no chance of coming back to life, it 
was battery powered.. III?  I dont think that there were enough solar cells 
on it to actually power the bird, but I could be >wrong.  I do listen for 


Ah, that's interesting.. I did have a quick check on Space Track via date 
search, but didn't know that III was still there! 

>> Non-working commercial sat? Vanguard-1? 
>Yes. Technically the rocket body is older but that is the oldest in orbit 


Technically the R/B isn't a satellite?? 

>> Working commercial satellite still in orbit? 
>Probably one of the 1960's ERG's...but I can check. 

g-comms-sat.html : (Thanks John LA2QAA) 


"The record holder appears to be ATS-3 still nominally operational after an 
amazing 41 years!" 


That's a record we want AO-7 to break isn't it? 




Project OSCAR UK 


www.projectoscar.co.uk - www.projectoscar.eu 


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