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Aist 2D

Aist 2D [TsSKB-Progress]

Aist 2D is a Russian microsatellite developed by designed by a group of students, postgraduates and scientists of Samara Aerospace University in cooperation with TsSKB-Progress.

The satellite's mission is to test a new micro satellite bus. The prime payload is the Avrora imager which has a ground resolution of 1.48 meter in panchromatic mode and a 4.5 meter resolution in multispectral mode. Also on board is the BiRLK Bistatic P-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capable of observing targets hidden by vegetation and subsurface features as well examinating global geology and vegetation biomass. The DMS-01 mass spectrometer analyzes the gasseous environment of the satellite, especiall the outgassing of the satellite components.

The satelite was launched on the maiden flight of the Soyuz-2-1a Volga launch vehicle from the new Vostochny cosmodrome.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Samara Aerospace University
Contractors: Samara Aerospace University, TsSKB-Progress
Equipment: Avrora imager, BiRLK P-band SAR, DMS-01 mass spectrometer
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 538 kg
Orbit: 471 km × 485 km, 97.3
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Aist 2D (RS 48) 2016-026B 28.04.2016 Vo LC-1S Soyuz-2-1a Volga with MVL-300, SamSat-218/D


  • TsSKB-Progress: Aist
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