In October 2004 the leader of the Russian ARISS motion Sergei Samburu (RV3DR) spoke at a joint meeting of the international team of AMSAT / ARISS (AMSAT Symposium / ARISS International Team meeting) with the idea of using old suits, as a body of amateur satellites. Proposed to place on the "board" amateur repeater and a video camera in the helmet, which would send to earth SSTV picture. Date for the satellite into space was defined as the fall of 2005.
Thus began a project called Radioskaf-1 (SuitSat-1). On the Russian side it led, AP Alexandrov and A. Polishchuk from RSC Energia. Of Americans participated AMSAT member Lou MakFadin (W5DID) led the development of the mechanical part of the satellite. Electronics has been developed and debugged in the firm Phoenix (Phoenix) Arizona team led by Steve Bible (N7HPR).
The first amateur satellite SuitSat-1 was launched in February 2006, cosmonaut Valery Tokarev. Powered satellite was carried out only on battery. SuitSat-1 satellite at a frequency of 145,990 MHz (FM) aired on the ground special voice messages in multiple languages, telemetry and programmed SSTV picture.
ARISS Chairman Frank Beyyur (KA3HDO) proposed to add a payload on the satellite SuitSat-1 CD drive soderzhischim children's drawings, poems and other creative works by students from around the world (Japan / Asia, Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Africa).
After the launch of Sputnik SuitSat-1, at the next conference of international teams AMSAT / ARISS in San Francisco plans to continue the series appeared amateur satellites in the suit. Despite the weak signal of the 2-meter band, SuitSat-1 lit the imagination of students and the general public and become a good decision for the promotion of amateur radio. ARISS now hopes to take advantage of this popularity to build an even better satellite, which will amateur transmitters.
The project was named SuitSat-2.Odnako then from the hull as the suit was abandoned, thus the name of the satellite has been changed from SuitSat-2 ARISSat-1. To save the already gained popularity names, satellite called SuitSat-2 (ARISSat-1)
On January 1, 2010 Kursk State Technical University in conjunction with RSC Energia, the MAI, the Peruvian Technical University began to develop a new student amateur satellite Radioskaf.