SuitSat-1 was deployed in an orbit around the Earth from Pirs/ISS at Feb, 3 2006 on 23:02 UT. The idea
for this novel satellite was first formally discussed at an AMSAT symposium in October 2004, although the
ARISS-Russia team is credited with coming up with the idea as a commemorative gesture for the 175th anniversary
of the Moscow State Technical University.
After deployment it was reported, that RadioSkaf fell silent, but shortly after was discoverered to be
transmitting but much more weakly than expected. Designated by AMSAT as AO-54.
The official designation for SuitSat is AMSAT-OSCAR 54, though it was nicknamed "Ivan Ivanovich" or "Mr. Smith".
The radio transmitter used a frequency of 145.990 MHz.
The last confirmed signal report from SuitSat-1 was the report of KC7GZC on February 18, 2006. All later reports indicate that
no signal was received when SuitSat-1 was due to pass over.
SuitSat-1 remained in operation for more than two weeks, easily outlasting initial predictions that it would transmit for about
a week. On September 7, 2006, at 16:00 GMT, Suitsat re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Southern Ocean at 110.4° East longitude
and 46.3° South latitude. It was over a point some 1400 km south-southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.
Launch of SuitSat-1 (left to right: Astronaut, SuitSat)