Lunar Satellite Transmits Pictures to Radio Hams

A tiny Chinese satellite is orbiting the Moon and allowing radio amateurs to download images

One of two micro-satellites launched along with a required communications relay satellite in May 2018 has been allowing radio operators to download images from the spacecraft taken along its elliptical lunar orbit.

Longjiang-2, aka DSLWP-B, was developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in Heilongjiang Province, northeast China. Despite having a mass of just 47 kg, the tiny satellite managed to use its own propulsion to slow down and enter lunar orbit while the relay satellite continued past the Moon to its special destination.

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