[amsat-bb] Re: Prospero

John Wright ham at g4dmf.co.uk
Wed Oct 19 16:01:40 PDT 2011

At 14:29 19/10/2011, you wrote:
>Some of you may have heard that a team in the UK are trying to 
>re-contact and old British launched satellite for the anniversary of 
>its launch (28th October 1971).
>We've been given a licence to transmit and will be testing our 
>re-engineered ground-segment in the next fortnight.  The passes we 
>are going to concentrate on will be as far out west as possible, as 
>to minimise QRM from Europe.  Earth is a lot more EM noisy than it was in 1971.
>If anyone in the UK wants to try and tune in to the downlink, you 
>can help ID any response we get from the old bird.  The passes are 
>summarised here:

The Prospero Satellite was featured in a BBC program called "Coast" 
It was in the program BBC.Coast Series 2 Episode 1 Dover to Isle of White.
It shows an attempt to receive the signals, which appeared to be 
successful, showing the frequencies on the AR2000 ( I think) RX.
I have that episode, and have extracted the section that deals with 
it, you can get it ( 9.5Mb .avi) at 

The entire program also deals with the research into the propellants, 
and the launch from Australia, but is far to big to upload!

Let me know if this was useful... 

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