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STARS C

STARS C [Kagawa University]

Kagawa University's STARS 1 (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite) consists of a Mother Satellite and a Daughter Satellite connected by a tether.

This is the third mission of the STARS series, but in contrast to the predecessors STARS 1 and 2, this one is constructed to the 2U CubeSat form factor.

The objectives of the mission are:

  • Installation of tether to be used for Space Elevator on a pico-satellite.
  • Technology demonstration of the tether extension.
  • Dynamic motion analysis of two satellites connected by tether by telemetry data received through amateur radio communication

The satellite will be launched on board of HTV 6 on an H-2B-304 rocket to be delivered to the ISS, from where it was deployed on 19 December 2016.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Kagawa University
Contractors: Kagawa University
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 2.7 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
STARS C Mother (STARS 3 Mother, Oyaki, Hagoromo) 1998-067KR 09.12.2016 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 6, EDT, Lemur-2 18, ..., 21, TechEdSat 5, EGG, TuPOD, AOBA-VELOX 3, STARS C Daughter, FREEDOM, ITF 2, Waseda-SAT 3, OSNSAT, Tancredo 1
STARS C Daughter (STARS 3 Daughter, Koki, Hagoromo) 1998-067KR 09.12.2016 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 6, EDT, Lemur-2 18, ..., 21, TechEdSat 5, AOBA-VELOX 3, EGG, TuPOD, STARS C Mother, FREEDOM, ITF 2, Waseda-SAT 3, OSNSAT, Tancredo 1

References:

Further STARS missions: