An interesting discussion at the diyAudio forums about the quality of NASA audio. Panomaniac writes:
So what’s up with the rotten audio from the NASA missions? It has bugged me for years. Ever notice how bad it is? Why?
Now the old moon mission maybe I can understand, but the ISS and shuttle stuff? They are in low earth orbit, for crying out loud. How hard would it be to get pristine audio back down to earth?
A geostationary orbit, where the communication satellites sit, is 35000 Km above the earth’s surface, and they can beam 100s of SD and HD video and audio channels. The Space Station is only about 350Km up and they can’t get better than 1934 radio quality.
There’s also a summary at EE Times. So what do you think? Why is NASA still so lo-fi? We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t understand him when he gets there.
(and yeah, it’s an astronaut with a banjo — happy Friday!)