SuitSat (also known as RadioSkaf, Radio Sputnik, and AMSAT-OSCAR 54) is a retired Russian Orlan spacesuit with a radio transmitter mounted on its helmet. SuitSat-1 was deployed in an ephemeral orbit around the Earth on February 3, 2006. The idea for this novel OSCAR satellite was first formally discussed at an AMSAT symposium in October 2004, although the ARISS-Russia team is credited with coming up with the idea as a commemorative gesture for the 175th anniversary of the Moscow State Technical University.
However, the SuitSat-1 mission was not a total success. There were very few reports that actually confirmed the receiving of the transmission. NASA TV later announced that SuitSat ceased functioning after only two orbits due to battery failure, but there were reports suggesting that SuitSat-1 continued transmitting, though far weaker than expected.
The last confirmed signal report from SuitSat-1 was the report of KC7GZC on 2006-02-18, all later reports indicate that no signal was received when SuitSat-1 was due to pass over.
On 7 September, 2006, at 16:00 GMT, Suitsat re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Southern Ocean at 110.4° East latitude and 46.3°South longitude. It was over a point some 1400 km south-southwest of Cape Leeuwin (Augusta), Western Australia.
'SuitSat' broadcasts messages from space: electronics in the space suit's torso sent ham radio messages to school children around the world.(Amateur radio messages from space)
Mar 20, 2006; A de-commissioned Russian space suit was transformed into a satellite in early February after a team of engineers and radio...