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Venta 1

Venta 1 [Ventspils University]

Venta 1 is a nanosatellite with Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers for supervising ship traffic in Europe. The satellite is being built at the Ventspils University College, and the signals aired by the satellite will be received at the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center.

Venta-1 carries a LuxSpace 1st generation SATAIS receiver as the main payload. Additionally there is a small camera for low resolution earth monitoring.

The AIS data will be downloaded via a dedicated S-band frequency link. The satellite is attitude controlled via magnetic torquers around three axes and stabilized by a slow rotation around the sun generator axis pointing to the Sun.

Venta-1 will be stacked for launch together with Max Valier Sat. Both payloads will separate only in orbit after being deployed together by the PSLV launch vehicle.

Nation: Latvia
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Ventspils University
Contractors: Ventspils University
Equipment: AIS receiver, camera
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 5 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Venta 1 2017-036AC 23.06.2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2E, NIUSAT, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, CICERO 6, Lemur-2 34, ..., 41, Blue Diamond, Green Diamond, Red Diamond, COMPASS 2, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, UCLSat, VZLUsat 1, D-Sat, PACSCISAT, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, SUCHAI, skCUBE