Hams around the world will be on the lookout for a new satellite to listen for in the weeks ahead.
The KEDR satellite (ArissSat-1)is aboard the Progress M-09M supply vehicle preparing to launch to the International Space Station (scheduled for January 27/28th) for release later in the year via a spacewalk.
Weighing in at 30kg (66lbs), the satellite was named after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's radio callsign on his historic flight as the first human in space, and is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that flight.
KEDR will transmit 25 greetings in 15 different languages and will transmit pictures back to earth as well as scientific data and telemetry. The frequency will be 145.950 MHz, callsign RS1S.