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KazSTSAT

KazSTSAT [SSTL]

KazSTSAT is a small satellite mission built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) for Ghalam LLP (Kazakhstan) under a contract signed in 2013.

It will be based on the new SSTL-X50 Earthmapper variant and will carry an SSTL SLIM-6 imager, providing 22 m resolution multispectral imagery with a swath width of more than 600 km for global wide-area imaging. The new SSTL-X50 Earthmapper variant combines a large volume of data storage, enhanced power generation capacity and high downlink availability to continuously image the sunlit land mass making it particularly suited to applications requiring a high temporal revisit rate, such as agricultural and flood monitoring, water quality assessment, forest monitoring and disaster management.

Under a joint development programme 14 Kazakh engineers will work alongside SSTL engineers to design and build the KazSTSAT spacecraft. In addition to the SLIM-6 imager, KazSTSAT will fly a number of Ghalam LLP developed payloads, and will join the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, which provides daily images for applications including global disaster monitoring. Environmental testing will take place at a new Ghalam LLP test facility being established in Astana, Kazakhstan.

SSTL has developed the new X50 satellite platform to provide a smaller, lighter, flexible spacecraft with enhanced systems capabilities and quality. With a mass of 50 kg, the compact, highly integrated design baselines flight-proven heritage with next-generation avionics to incorporate fully dual redundant subsystems and scaled core platform services such as power, structure, data processing, communications and high-precision attitude control.

A launch in early 2017 on a Dnepr was planned, but as Dnepr is no longer available, a new launch provider is needed.

Nation: Kazakhstan
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Ghalam LLP
Contractors: SSTL
Equipment: 22 m imager
Configuration: SSTL X50
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~50 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KazSTSAT - 2017 with ?