[amsat-bb] AO-7 Oldest?

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Fri Jun 26 02:47:47 UTC 2015


I think there are a couple of satellites older that still transmit,
but AO-7 is, I believe, the oldest satellite that still serves a
useful purpose.


Paul, N8HM

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:41 PM, Nicholas Mahr <nicholasmahr1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I know this topic has been debated for some time, but I believe by just
> looking around the Wikipedia and google, AO-7 would have to be the longest
> operating satellite around earth. All I have seen people mention is GOES 3
> and ATS 3, but never once AO-7.. Even if it was silent for 21 years, it's
> still technically the longest operating satellite. Can anyone else confirm
> there are no other satellite older than it still operating? It's kinda hard
> to find a current answer because it's always changing, and you have to
> scavenge the internet. If so it would be awesome to think a low tech, ham
> built satellite would beat a commercial, million dollar satellite...
> 73's KE8AKW
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