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.
CU ZOOM OUT: tape recorder with voice of Soviet Soyuz cosmonauts.
LV EXTERIOR: Kettering Boys School building
SV AND CU INTERIOR: boys using monitoring equipment (8 shots)
CU: schoolmaster Mr Geoffrey Perry explaining equipment (speech of film)
CU PULL BACK: Panoramic Adaptor unit.
CU: boy listening to taped cosmonaut voices.
CU: Mr Perry talking (speech on film)
SV AND CU: boys monitoring equipment and taking notes (5 shots)
SV PAN TO CU: boy using equipment beneath cartoon of space capsule inscribed 'KGS Northamptonshire'
PERRY: "This blip you can see here, this is a Russian weather satellite, the sort they call Meteor. It's the second of their Meteor Two's actually and, at the moment, it's taking picture of the cloud cover on the earth beneath it and transmitting them back into Russia. This receiver and the panoramic adaptor we have on loan from the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford.
Actually it's very old. It's valve model and probably goes back to the pre-war vintage or the early war years of World War Two."
PERRY: "Well, this is my hobby and the lads are part of the Kettering Group. I've got people in America, Sweden, Bahrain, Germany. We communicate by letter, by telephone occasionally, if we can afford it, and we have this sort of worldwide network which feeds information. I'm very pleased that they're prepared to feed information through me. Eventually, it goes to the World Data Centres at the Alperton Laboratory at Slough and the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough."
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Background: 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.