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UoSAT-2 (1984)

First modern digital store-and-forward communications payload, UoSAT-2 (1984)

UoSAT-2 had a key role in the Soviet-Canadian 1988 Polar Bridge Expedition (also known as SkiTrek).  The expedition began on March 3, 1988 when a group of thirteen Russian and Canadian skiers set out from Siberia, in an attempt to ski to Canada over the North Pole. The nine Russians and four Canadians reached the Pole at the 25th of April where they were welcomed by a group of dignitaries from the Soviet-Union and Canada, members of the international press and radio amateurs involved in support and communications.
The daily progress of the skiers was followed by many thousands of school children and radio amateurs all around the world, who listened to the voice synthesizer on board the UoSAT-2, which transmitted the latest known position of the expedition in FM on the two meter VHF Amateur Radio band, using digitised voice, and through progress reports, produced regularly by AMSAT-NA which were distributed world-wide through Amateur Packet Radio and orbiting amateur satellites.

Find out more about the 1988 Polar Bridge Expedition in our Blog.



UoSAT-2 integrated to the Delta rocket Martin Sweeting prepares UoSAT-2 for themal testing UoSAT-2 flight-ready