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Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite
Found By Amateur Radio Operator

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Posted By: StormCnter, 4/27/2020 4:11:18 PM

There are more than 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth. At the end of their useful lives, many will simply burn up as they reenter the atmosphere. But some will continue circling as "zombie" satellites — neither alive nor quite dead. "Most zombie satellites are satellites that are no longer under human control, or have failed to some degree," says Scott Tilley. Tilley, an amateur radio operator living in Canada, has a passion for hunting them down.In 2018, he found a signal from a NASA probe called IMAGE that the space agency had lost track of in 2005. With Tilley's help, NASA was able to reestablish contact. But he has tracked down

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mc squared 4/27/2020 5:00:00 PM (No. 393573)
I wish the article had given more info.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 4/27/2020 5:13:17 PM (No. 393587)
Sounds like a cool hobby. I remember watching a lot of satellites going over when I was in my 20s and 30s and out in the mountains a lot. The Soviets had really short lived Cosmos spy satellites so they launched huge numbers of them, IIRC well over 1000 in total. You could lay back and watch the sky and expect to see two or three in 20 minutes going over....fast moving tiny bright "stars" crossing the sky in maybe 5 minutes, and not aircraft. Aircraft can be seen as red or green nav lights with binoculars, the sats were/are white dots, look no different through binocs, just like the stars do.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ken M. 4/27/2020 6:13:15 PM (No. 393633)
Interesting article, and equally interesting that there are techies out there doing this kind of tracking. In other news: here in 2020, the Iranians have successfully put a satellite into orbit (article posted earlier here on LCom) ... characterized as nothing more than "a tumbling webcam". That implies that it's probably a low earth orbit (LEO) spy sat. Lots 'o luck guys ...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: RuckusTom 4/27/2020 6:40:58 PM (No. 393661)
Man, live long and prosper.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: kono 4/27/2020 7:01:29 PM (No. 393676)
I can't help wondering whether any of those 'zombies' were weaponized... Good luck to Tilley and others in the ongoing hunt; may they help NASA (not our enemies) regain contact with all the objects we've lost.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2 4/28/2020 2:33:03 AM (No. 393919)
This just goes to show you how incompetent the feds are that an amateur can find what these high falluting top hat incompetents cannot.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Highlander 4/28/2020 6:00:07 AM (No. 393969)
Re #6; I was under the impression that the feds weren’t interested in those obsolete satellites anymore after they ran their courses. They like their newer and brighter toys.
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