AKS 1 (launch config.)
AKS 1(deployed) [Aerospace Systems]
Aerospace Systems, a Russian company, is planning to implement a project of Solar Tug Systems consisting in the construction of a set of space vehicles to be used for the Government and commercial needs. Such space vehicles move by solar pressure combined with small-tug electrical rocket engines and chemical engines. AKS 1 is the first of these spacecraft.
Manufacturing and launching in 2004 the demonstration units (orbital space probe (AKS) No.1 and No.2 in carrier-rockets Dnepr and Rokot-KM, respectively) with a combination of sail and electric rocket tug. These units are intended for trying out the deployment of frame-free film structures (film solar batteries and sail) and for carrying out the experiments in the following fields:
AKS 1 has been dropped from the late June 2004 Dnepr launch for technical reasons and was rescheduled on alternative launch. It was again dropped from the March 2007 launch for financial reasons.
|Type / Application:||Technology, solar sail|
|Equipment:||30 m dia. solar sail|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||12 kg ?|
|AKS 1||-||?||Ba LC-109/95||Dnepr|