Lithuanian Satellite Receives Official Amateur Name

The first Lithuanian amateur satellite reached orbit in early 2014. Now that it's operational, the amateur satellite organization Amsat officially designated it as Oscar-78. 

LituanicaSat-1 before leaving Earth.  Credit:LituanicaSat

LituanicaSat-1 before leaving Earth. Credit:LituanicaSat

Designed by students at Vilnius University, LituanicaSat-1 will test computer chips and sensors in the space environment. Lituanica was the airplane that Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas, Lithuanian-American pilots, flew across the Atlantic in 1933. Lithuanian amateur radio operators built a VGA camera and an FM voice transponder so radio amateurs around the world can communicate with each other via space. Amateurs can submit the telemetry data they receive from the satellite to the project’s website.

Oscar, or the Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, was the first amateur satellite. Since then, Amsat-NA awards Oscar numbers to each amateur satellite to continue the tradition.

(Via Southgate Amateur Radio News)