Receiving SSTV Transmissions from the ISS

Here’s a short demo on how I used a two-way radio and a smart phone to receive Slow Scan Tele-Vision (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (SSTV) as it orbits the Earth at a height of about 400 km. The transmission was received on February 9, at around 8 am local time, from Bacoor City, Cavite.

Equipment: Yaesu FT60
Decoder app: Robot 36
ISS locator app: ISS Detector
Frequency: 145.8 MHz

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International Space Station (ISS) November 11, 2012

International Space Station (ISS) flyby over Antipolo, Philippines on November 11, 2012 at around 5 am, taken with a Canon 450D and an 18-55 mm kit lens set at 18 mm, 60 sec exposure, ISO 1600. Image taken as the ISS rises from the southwest.  Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano
International Space Station (ISS) flyby over Antipolo, Philippines on November 11, 2012 at around 5 am, taken with a Canon 450D and an 18-55 mm kit lens set at 18 mm, 30 sec exposure, ISO 1600. Image taken as the ISS sets in the north-northeast.  Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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ISS to Zoom Past Philippines on November 11, 2015

Predictions courtesy of Heavens-Above, developed and maintained by Chris Peat.

The International Space Station (ISS) currently orbiting approximately 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface will treat us with yet another spectacular sight on the early morning of November 11, 2012, as it zooms past, for the second time this week, above the Philippines.

The satellite will be visible to us because its solar panels will be geometrically well-placed to reflect sunlight towards the ground, acting like giant space mirrors. From the ground, it will look like a very bright flare coming from the southwestern horizon and then slowly (much like an airplane) move towards the north-northeastern horizon until it disappears from view. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes, from 04:57:09 am to 05:05:49 am and will be visible to the naked eye. No special equipment is required to observe the satellite flyby. For previous ISS observations, click here.

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International Space Station Flyby (November 3, 2012)

International Space Station (ISS) captured as it zooms 412 kilometers above the Philippines during its brief flyby from 6:11 pm to 6:18 pm on November 3, 2012. Image taken with a 4-in f/9 refractor with a 2x Barlow and a Canon 450D DSLR, 1/160 sec exposure, ISO 1600, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For previous ISS observations, click here.

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International Space Station to Zoom Past Philippines on Nov 3

The International Space Station (ISS) currently orbiting approximately 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface will treat us with a spectacular sight on November 3, 2012, as it zooms past above the Philippines. The satellite will be visible to us because its solar panels will be geometrically well-placed to reflect sunlight towards the ground, acting like giant space mirrors. From the ground, it will look like a very bright flare coming from the northwestern horizon and then slowly (much like an airplane) move towards the southeastern horizon until it disappears from view. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes, from 06:10:29 pm to 06:19:09 pm and will be visible to the naked eye. No special equipment is required to observe the satellite flyby. (Predictions updated as of 1 pm, November 3, 2012.)

Predictions courtesy of Heavens-Above, developed and maintained by Chris Peat.

Those with cameras and telephoto lenses may attempt to image the satellite and detect structure, similar to the photo below.

Image of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes 450 km above Manila at 4:59:01 am, March 15, 2012. The main body and the solar panels of the satellite are visible in this photo. 4-in f/9 refractor, Canon 450D, ISO 1600, 1/100 sec exposure.  This is my second attempt in capturing the ISS. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano (Click on the photo for a higher-resolution view).

Related links: International Space StationIridium Satellite Flares

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