25 Apr '17, 8am

Model Sputnik Finds its Voice After Decades of Silence

Model Sputnik Finds its Voice After Decades of Silence

As we approach the 60th anniversary of the human race becoming a spacefaring species, Sputnik nostalgia will no doubt be on the rise. And rightly so — even though Sputnik was remarkably primitive compared to today’s satellites, its 1957 launch was an inflection point in history and a huge achievement for humanity. The Soviets, understandably proud of their accomplishment, created a series of commemorative models of Earth’s first artificial moon as gifts to other countries. How one came into possession of the Royal Society isn’t clear, but [Fran Blanche] found out about it through a circuitous route detailed in the video below, and undertook to reproduce the original electronics from the model that made the distinctive Sputnik beeps. The Royal Society’s version of the model no longer works, but luckily it came with a schematic of the solid-state circuit used to emulate the ...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2017/04/25/model-sputnik-finds-its-vo...

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