Team try to contact satellite launched in 1971
Wednesday 07 September 2011
Scientists are trying to contact a British satellite launched into orbit nearly 40 years ago but not heard from since 1996.
The Prospero is the only British satellite to be launched from a UK launch vehicle. A team led by PhD student Roger Duthie from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory wants to contact it in time for its 40th anniversary next month.
He told the BBC: "We have to re-engineer the ground segment then test the communications to see if it's still alive. Then we can have drinks and champagne."
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