Dec 12, 2023

The first amateur radio satellite was launched into orbit 62 years ago

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TODAY IN DESIGN 1961

Orbital Innovation: The Launch of OSCAR 1.

In the annals of communication technology, December 12, 1961, marks a watershed moment with the launch of OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) – the world's first amateur radio satellite. This groundbreaking event not only represented a significant achievement in space technology but also a democratization of communication beyond the confines of Earth.

Built by a group of amateur radio operators and enthusiasts, OSCAR 1 was a testament to the ingenuity and collaborative spirit of the amateur radio community. The satellite's successful orbit and operation opened up new possibilities in the field of communication, allowing for radio transmissions to be sent and received over vast distances, unhindered by the geographical limitations of terrestrial systems.

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