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LilacSat 2 (Zidingxiang 2, CAS 3H)

LilacSat 2 [HIT]

CAS 3H or LilacSat 2 is a low-cost, nano-satellite for education, amateur radio communication and technology demonstration, built by a team of 15 students of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

It is a cube-shaped 20 cm × 20 cm × 20 cm satellite with a weight of 11 kg.

LilacSat-2 provides hands-on experience for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to build flight hardware for a space mission. The training these students gain by working on this project will better prepare them for work in the aerospace industry.

LilacSat-2 carries four payloads:

  • A V/U amateur radio SDR platform. It can be configured as an FM repeater or an APRS digipeater. It will also provide a VHF CW beacon and UHF 9k6 BPSK telemetry downlink
  • An SDR based multi-band receiver, for reception and decoding of signals from AIS, ADS-B, etc.
  • An FPGA software testing platform.
  • A thermal infrared camera.

The lifetime of LilacSat-2 is expected to be 3 to 6 months. The planned orbit is 520 km × 520 km with an inclination of 97.

LilacSat 2 was launched in a cluster of 20 satellites on the maiden flight of the CZ-6 rocket.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Education, amateur radio communication, technology
Operator: Harbin Institute of Technology, CAMSAT
Contractors: Harbin Institute of Technology
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3-6 months
Mass: 11 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LilacSat 2 (Zidingxiang 2, CAS 3H) 2015-049K 19.09.2015 TY LC-16 CZ-6 with XY 2, ZDPS 2A, ZDPS 2B, TT 3, XW 2A, XW 2B, XW 2C, XW 2D, XW 2E, XW 2F, DCBB, NUDT-PhoneSat, NS 2, ZJ 1, KJSY 1, XC 1, XC 2, XC 3, XC 4

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