Samara satellite AIST are preparing to launch on the Baikonur

March 15, experts Samara "Samara Space Center Progress" started checking and testing of small spacecraft "AIST" at Baikonur. Satellite mass is 53 kg and height of the working orbit — 575 km, the press service of the Russian Space Agency.

  • Work on the preparation of solar panels to be installed on the spacecraft
  • Work on the preparation of solar panels to be installed on the spacecraft 'Bion-M' № 1

By the way, this complex mechanism designed by students of the Samara State Aerospace University named after SP The Queen and the specialists of "Progress Samara Space Center." The satellite will be delivered into orbit with the spacecraft "Bion-M» № 1. "AIST" will allow for the necessary scientific work, for example, the study of high-speed mechanical particles of natural and artificial origin.

  • Refueling satellites
  • Refueling satellites 'Bion-M' № 1 propellant components and compressed gases


First presentation of small spacecraft (ICA) "Stork" was held on April 25, 2012 for the next academic session, Samara branch of the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control.

The event was held under the chairmanship of Deputy General Designer of the Center "Progress Samara Space Center", corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences GP Anshakova.

Deputy General Designer of the Center "Progress Samara Space Center", Doctor of Technical Sciences SI Tkachenko presented the results of experimental testing of MCA "Stork" and its scientific instruments. The satellite weighing just 39 kg has a number of technological innovations in comparison with traditional remote sensing devices development center "Progress Samara Space Center."

First, the execution unit is leaking. Its load-bearing panels with integrated heat pipes serve as a support for the placement of photovoltaic cells, which, incidentally, made of gallium arsenide domestic production. Photovoltaics "Stork" made Krasnodar JSC "Saturn", are part of the certification of high-tech products. Second, ICA "Stork" command-and-control installed navigation system developed by our TK Kaluga Research Institute of Lacto. This system — a sample of a deep aggregation functions in a single device. Third, have been developed for the new center "TsSKB Progress" assembly technology of small spacecraft.

Also for the first time on the "Stork" applied film heaters, production of which has recently mastered the production of Rocket Center. And even experimental development apparatus used an unconventional approach: its thermal tests will be held simultaneously with elektroradiotehnicheskimi, which will save the time of preparation of the product.

The first launch of the ICA "Stork" [originally] planned with SC "Bion-M" Number 1 in September 2012. In this connection, the designers had to solve the problem as gentle, non-impact department "Stork" from "Bion-M". Separation device has successfully passed the design and development testing.

Report by S. Tkachenko aroused great interest of scientists meeting. On the Magnetic compensation system accelerations (scientific instruments "MIGA") for pre-sedation satellite after separation, developed by a team of scientists and students of Samara State Aerospace University, reported the head of this work, Professor ND SamKin. His detailed story has caused a lot of questions and even led to the dispute. The system must provide on-board the spacecraft a lower level of microgravity than on technological devices such as "Photon". As this system will show itself in flight and whether its application on the "big" space vehicles, will become clear after the first flight of the "Stork". Creating ICA "Stork" is the first experience in developing small spacecraft to the Center "Progress Samara Space Center" and Samara State Aerospace University. Both sides are interested in completing the product under real flight, so in the space, except for the flight model can be started and technological product. Finalized before the flight, it will serve as a useful load when you first start the booster easy class "Soyuz-2-1b ', which is also scheduled to make this year.

Mass of ICA "Stork" adapter — 53 kg, active lifetime — at least 3 years. Height of near-circular orbit — 575 km, inclination — 64,9 °. ICA "Stork" initiated by the Samara State Aerospace University named after SP Korolev students, young scientists and specialists of the University of SRP "TsSKB Progress" with the financial support of the Government of the Samara region.

As stressed by S. Tkachenko, satellite, initiated by the Samara State Aerospace University, with the participation of scholars and students, decides primarily an educational problem of attracting young people to the actual design work. However, the technologies tested in the development of MCA "Stork", can be used by the Centre "Progress Samara Space Center" to create a new spacecraft.

Used materials "TsSKB-Progress"

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