On this part of my homepage you find
soundtracks from various space objects including satellites,
manned and unmanned space ships and space stations.
Many of these objects are no more operational and I
hope this archive will allow especially younger people
to listen also to those objects, which are already gone.
However, I hope that also some older people will enjoy
to listen to the "Sounds from Space" which
they may have heard live many decades ago. Please excuse
the partially poor quality of some of the sound files
and keep in mind, that many of the more than 1000 recordings
are quite old. Please also notice the long list of people
who kindly supported this project. Many thanks to all
of them and especially to the key contributors which
are acknowledged below. You can listen to a "Sound
from Space" file whenever you click on one of the
little animated speaker icons
To search any specific recording
please enter a string in the white box and press the
grey "Start search" button.
from Scientific, Meteorological and Commercial Satellites
from Pulsars, Stars and Planets
did this page get started? Well, I have been interested
in satellite communications since the early 80's. I
had subscribed to the NASA Prediction Bulletin mailing
list and received every week a pile of paper with keplerian
elements of various space objects. First I tracked them
using hand calculations and charts. Later I developed
my own satellite tracking software on a Z80 based computer
to generate predictions and even satellite ground plots.
I tracked many satellites as well as MIR and Shuttle
missions. I received their radio signals and also observed
them visually. You can read more about my early activities
and how I got hooked to space communication by clicking
on the screen shot from my original program to the right.
this page did not really get started before I received
one day an audio cassette with some historical sound
files from my friend Alois Ochojski DL3PD (/SK since
April 2007). They were derived from a phono-card, which
he had received in 1962 from the national broadcast
service of CSSR. He was kind enough to record it to
tape and I finally converted them to digital audio files.
You can hear an introduction to these files read by
Alois DL3PD by clicking on his picture on the right.
The original comments are in Czech language. After posting
this initial set of 6 historical files, I started browsing
through my own old tape recorded audio files, which
were mostly signals of ham radio satellites, space station
contacts and recordings as well as pictures from weather
I also searched the internet and started to ask other
people, whether they might have some older recordings
too. Fortunately many of them were kind enough to support
my project by submitting their own audio files. Below
you find some references to those individuals, who helped
me most during this project. On top of each section
of the "Sounds from Space" collection you
will find a complete list of all respective contributors.
A big "thank you" to all of you who contributed.
In case I missed one of you then please do not hesitate
to address it to me.
2007 this collection got another big push when I got
in touch with Greg Roberts, ZS1BI, in Cape Town/South
Africa. I guess I convinced him to start a project he
had planned but pushed out for long time. Greg finally
started to convert his old recordings from a tape recorder
with elastic belt drives to electronic format. He is
a retired professional astronomer and since 1957 has
been actively involved in the tracking of artificial
satellites, both by optical and radio means. Click on
his picture to the left to get more information about
him and his activities.
is a very active radio amateur with the callsign DK3WN
who dedicates most of his time to satellite communication.
Over many years he has been instrumental in adding many
recordings especially of Amateur Radio Satellites and
other engineering satellites to this collection. Mike’s
website at www.dk3wn.info
is a great resource to get always up-to-date information
on the presently active satellites and he also provides
free downloads of several software packages to decode
M0EYT obtained his Class B amateur license in June 1989,
his interests are in Microwaves. Paul is a keen home
constructor and enjoys building low noise amplifiers,
antennas and converters, especially in the SHF and EHF
frequency ranges. His current projects include continued
optimization and operation of the X-Band and Ka-Band
receive systems. Paul contributes to the www.uhf-satcom.com
website with observations and also moderates the amateur-DSN
and Hearsat-L newsgroups. Paul kindly has been contributing
many unique recordings to this "Sounds from Space"
2010 I received a number of really old recordings from
Richard Daniels W4PUJ/SK (ex WA4DGU) including such
historical recordings as from Sputnik II and from the
early OSCAR satellites. Dick has been very actively
supporting AMSAT over many decades. He was on the AMSAT-NA
board of directors and contributed extensively to many
satellite projects such as AO-7, AO-40, (including his
support during the launch campaign in Kourou) and as
the project leader of AO-51 (AMSAT Echo). On February
14th 2012 Dick became a silent
key. We will miss him.
dedicated his professional career to the field of space
technology. He started as a sounding rocket assembly
technician. After his study he joined the Swedish Space
Corporation in 1975. He held various roles and finally
was Senior Vice President of Engineering before retiring
Sven is clearly addicted to radio signals
and for more than forty years has been very active in
listening to and interpreting of radio signals from
space objects, particularly Russian satellites. Since
1966 he has been an active member of "the Kettering
Group". This group had been started in 1960 by
Geoff Perry, the senior science master at the Kettering
Grammar School in the Midlands, U.K. and became famous
for various achievements in satellite reception, especially
on the early Soviet space programs.
Sven made major
contributions to this collection by sharing many of
his unique recordings from his own “Sounds from Space”
collection. It had already existed for some time as
part of his excellent website “Sven’s
Space Place”, which I did not know when I
started mine, and by chance gave it the same name.
April 2012 I received a nice Email from
Federico Manzini offering me audio recordings
from an Italian Enciclopaedia called L’uomo
e lo spazio (The man and the space) which
was issued 1965 by Fratelli Fabbri. This
Enciclopaedia included 83 vinyl discs which
Federico digitized and I extracted the audio
recordings. Besides adding a number of new
satellites this kind support from Federico
brought this collection to an important
milestone: since April 22nd
2012 the "Sounds from Space" collection
now includes more than 1000 recordings.
If you have further recordings from
space objects please let me know. I will be happy to
post them on my homepage. You can help making this site
become more valuable over time - many thanks in advance
Vy 55 & 73 de Matthias DD1US