For the past 17 years, English physics teacher Geoffrey Perry has operated a satellite tracking station at Kettering Boys School, in the East Midlands of England.
For the past 17 years, English physics teacher Geoffrey Perry has operated a satellite tracking station at Kettering Boys School, in the East Midlands of England. He and students at the school can only operate the station on a part-time amateur basis, but the results of their work seem to be very professional.
SYNOPSIS: Those are the voices of Soyuz 25 cosmonauts, recorded shortly before their link-up mission was aborted and they had to return to earth. The flight was monitored here at Kettering Boys School, where Mr Perry and his students work in their lunch hours monitoring satellites, plotting their courses, and recording their transmissions. To some extent, they specialise in Soviet satellites and, in 1966, it was this station that discovered the Russians were using a new launching site at a previously unknown location. Mr Perry explained how some of their equipment works.
The boys say the work helps their science studies, and, like Mr Perry, they enjoy it as an interest.
Mr Perry isn't just a small town science teacher. he has written space technology reports for a national newspaper and for a U.S. government report and has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal for his work. But he doesn't ask for credit. Instead he would prefer better equipment to help the group continue its work.