Showing posts with label Space Station. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Space Station. Show all posts

February 1, 2014

FCC Technician Exam Question Of The Day (T1A05)

Q) What is the FCC Part 97 definition of a space station?

A) An amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface.

NJ2X Note:
Did you know that as a licensed amateur radio operator you can actually communicate with astronauts in space?  Yes, it is true.  Manned missions typically include one or more amateur radio operators in the crew.   Missions are also equipped with radios capable of operating on amateur radio, including frequencies available to technician class license holders.

July 17, 2013

FCC Technician Exam Question Of The Day (T8B01)

Q) Who may be the control operator of a station communicating through an amateur satellite or space station?

A) Any amateur whose license privileges allow them to transmit on the satellite uplink frequency



NJ2X Notes:
FCC Part 97

§97.207 Space station. -
(a) Any amateur station may be a space station. A holder of any class operator license may be the control operator of a space station, subject to the privileges of the class of operator license held by the control operator.

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June 25, 2013

FCC Technician Exam Question Of The Day (T8B04)

Q) Which amateur stations may make contact with an amateur station on the International Space Station using 2 meter and 70 cm band amateur radio frequencies?


A) Any amateur holding a Technician or higher class license

NJ2X Notes:
International Space Station Size & Mass
  • Module Length: 167.3 feet (51 meters)
  • Truss Length: 357.5 feet (109 meters)
  • Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)
  • Mass: 924,739 pounds (419,455 kilograms)
  • Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)
  • Pressurized Volume: 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic meters)
  • Power Generation: 8 solar arrays = 84 kilowatts
  • Lines of Computer Code: approximately 2.3 million

July 9, 2012

ISS Night Flight - Amazing!

This is positively amazing video footage.  Notice the incredible lightning flashes.