Remembering the Launch of Sputnik 1 — Earth’s First Artificial Satellite

Discussion in 'ARRL News Feeds' started by American Radio Relay, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. October 4 marks the 61st anniversary of the launch by the Soviet Union of Sputnik 1, Earth’s first artificial satellite. The Soviets heralded the launch as a national triumph, and the space race between the USSR and the US began.

    Sputnik 1 was a 58-centimeter diameter, polished aluminum sphere sprouting four antennas and transmitting a 1 W signal on 20.005 and 40.002 MHz, putting it within the r...

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