SSP (from onboard camera) [JAXA]
The SSSat (Solarsail Subpayload Satellite, soraseiru sabupeiro-do) is a experimental a 15-meter diameter solar sail, based on the experience of a earlier suborbital mission. The solar sail experiment was mounted on the second stage of the M-5 launch vehicle instead of balast and was to deploy after the primary and piggy-back satellites were jettisoned.
It deployed from the stage at 2146 UTC but opened only incompletely.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Configuration:||Solar sail on rocket stage|
|SSSat 1 (SSP 1)||21.02.2006||Ka||M-5 (2)||with Astro F, CUTE 1.7 + APD|
|SSSat 2 (SSP 2)||22.09.2006||Ka||M-5 (2)||with Solar B, HITSAT 1|