Canadian astronaut using ham radio in ISS experiment

Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk reached the International Space Station last week thanks to a ride on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. While on the space station, Thrisk is scheduled to operate a small rover-type vehicle nicknamed “Red” which is parked and waiting for his commands in the backlot of the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal. The big news for hams is that Thirsk will using amateur radio to communicate with Red. The experiment which is using almost off-the-shelf technology will test several remote and navigational technologies which have been developed in Canada. This is the first time an earthbound robot has been controlled from space.

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