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SSSat 1, 2

SSP (from onboard camera) [JAXA]

The SSSat (Solarsail Subpayload Satellite, soraseiru sabupeiro-do) was an experimental 15-meter diameter solar sail, based on the experience of the earlier S-310-34 suborbital mission. The solar sail experiment was mounted on the third stage of the M-5 launch vehicle instead of balast and was to deploy after the primary and piggy-back satellites were jettisoned.

It was launched in February 2007 and was deployed from the stage at 2146 UTC but opened only incompletely.

A reflight in September 2007 was successful.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: JAXA
Contractors: JAXA
Equipment:
Configuration: Solar sail on rocket stage
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: ?
Mass: ?
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
S-310-34 Solar Sail 1 N/A 09.08.2004 Ka LP-KS * S-310 with S-310-34 Solar Sail 2
SSSat 1 (SSP 1) 2006-005D ? 21.02.2006 Ka LP-M M-5 (2) with Astro F, CUTE 1.7 + APD
SSSat 2 (SSP 2) 2006-041D 22.09.2006 Ka LP-M M-5 (2) with Solar B, HITSAT 1