Radio ham finds signal from ‘dead’ NASA satellite
Scott Tilley VE7TIL / VA7LF discovered a signal from the IMAGE satellite that NASA lost contact with in 2005
Arstechnica reports earlier this week, an amateur radio astronomer named Scott Tilley decided to have a look for the presence of secret military satellites.
It’s something he apparently does semi-regularly, and in this case his search was inspired by the Zuma satellite, a secret US government payload that was reportedly lost on its way to space.
Most accounts have suggested that Zuma failed to make it to orbit, but the secrecy of the mission (we’ve got no clear idea what Zuma even was) means that everything about its fate is unclear. Tilley could either find a hint that Zuma is up there—or stumble across some other hardware put into space by other countries.
Instead, he found an undead NASA mission.
Given the clear indication of a radio signal, Tilley matched its orbit to a NASA satellite called IMAGE.
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Scott Tilley VE7TIL / VA7LF
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