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BLITS-M 1, 2

BLITS-M [NIIPP]

BLITS-M (Ball Lens In The Space) retroreflector satellite is an improved version of the BLITS satellite.

BLITS-M is a 220 mm diameter glass sphere made of an inner and outer spherical body made from glass of different densities. It has a mass of 16.7 kg

The purpose of the mission is experimental verification of the spherical glass retroreflector satellite concept as well as obtaining SLR data for solution of scientific problems in geophysics, geodynamics, and relativity by millimeter and submillimeter accuracy SLR measurements. It will be used to increase the accuracy of the GLONASS satellite navigation system.

BLITS-M 1 was launched in December 2019 on a Rokot-KM booster together with a triplet of Gonets-M satellites and DOSAAF-85 (RS 44), but failed to seperate from the upper stage.

Two more will be launched in 2021.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Technology, geodesy
Operator: NII Pretsizionnogo Priborostroeniya (NIIPP)
Contractors: NII Pretsizionnogo Priborostroeniya (NIIPP)
Equipment: Ball lens
Configuration: 22 cm glass sphere
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Lifetime:
Mass: 16.7 kg
Orbit: 1500 km × 1500 km, 82.6
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BLITS-M 1 2019-096E 26.12.2019 Pl LC-133/3 p Rokot-KM with Gonets-M 14, Gonets-M 15, Gonets-M 16, DOSAAF-85 / failed to sperate
BLITS-M 2 - 2021 with ?
BLITS-M 3 - 2021 with ?
Further BLITS missions: