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HAMVIDEO transmission from the ISS


M. Hopkins during HAMVIDEO commissioning

March, 2014 – During the weekend of March, 8th, astronaut Mike Hopkins successfully turned on the ESA HAMVIDEO transmitter on board the Columbus module of the International Space Station. During this commissioning step of HAMVIDEO (developed by Kayser Italia),while the ISS was flying over Italy the astronaut images and voice have been successfully received by the AMSAT/ARISS radio amateur and Kayser Italia ground stations, as well as by the station of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) located in Matera (Italy). The received videos have been streamed in real time over Internet. In the next coming days many other ARISS stations all over the world started receiving the HAMVIDEO test transmission, sharing results and instruments fine tuning techniques.

The ground stations designed within the HAMVIDEO project have a low cost, allowing many radio enthusiast to join the events. 

During the month two different transmission frequencies have been used (2.422 and 2.395 GHz) and both standard and high definition have been tested. The HAMVIDEO video transmissions open a new way to interact with the ISS. Up to now, HAM radio sessions  have allowed school classes to talk with the astronauts. Now, thanks to HAMVIDEO, it will be also possible to see them, their demonstrations and have a closer view of the life in space.

HAMVIDEO was launched on 3 August 2013 on board the Japanese HTV-4.