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Sputnik 40, 41, 99 (RS 17, 18, 19)

Sputnik 41 (RS 18)

These nano-satellites are small replicas of the Sputnik 1 satellite. They were hand deployed from the Mir space station. Sputnik 40-2 (RS 17b) was never deployed from Mir and decayed with the space station. Sputnik 99 was switched off, when it was deployed.

Nation: Russia, France
Type / Application: Amateur communication
Operator: Aeroclub de France
Contractors: Aeroclub de France
Equipment:
Configuration: 23 cm sphere
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Sputnik 40 (RS 17a) 1997-058C 05.10.1997 TB LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 36, Inspector 1, Sputnik 40-2
Sputnik 40-2 (RS 17b) N/A 05.10.1997 TB LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 36, Inspector 1, Sputnik 40 / never deployed
Sputnik 41 (RS 18) 1998-062C 25.10.1998 TB LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 40, Znamya 2.5
Sputnik 99 (RS 19) 1999-015C 02.04.1999 TB LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 41