Satellite Tracking: Half a Century

Soyuz Manned Spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

On Friday 16th November, SARAS member Bob Christy, FBIS, came to talk to fellow members and the visiting public about his 50 year long passion tracking satellites.  From the origins in Kettering Grammar School in the 1960’s to the present day, Bob has been listening in and tracking the orbits, launches and landings of mainly Russian satellites and spacecraft.  The fascinating talk Bob gave included sound recordings of the satellite signals being relayed back to Earth; sounding like Morse code, from craft including the Russian Soyuz and the Chinese capsule Shenzhou.  From analysing and listening to the signals he received, Bob has been able to produce some very detailed statistics and data, which he explained to the room at East Ayton Village Hall.  Our thanks to Bob for sharing his interest and giving us a unique insight into space flight and exploration.  For anyone who missed the talk, or would like further information, please visit Bob’s website

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