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Iskra 5

Iskra 5 is a joint Russian and Indian 1U CubeSat developed at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) and Space Kidz India (SKI).

The satellite is being built by 20 students from Moscow Aviation Institute and 9 from Indian cities like Chennai and Bangalore through Space Kidz India to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. The subsystems in the satellite being built in MAI is made by Russian students while the outer cube has been designed by Indian students. The satellite will be tracked and data will be collected in a ground station in Russia.

Iskra 5 carries payloads that will provide amateur communication including transmission of images in the SSTV format from space.

The satellite will be launched onboard of a Progress-MS craft to the ISS, where it was to be deployed during a spacewalk by a cosmonaut in the early 2018. The mission has been delayed. Orbital life will be 3 to 5 months.

Nation: Russia, India
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: MAI, Space Kidz India (SKI)
Contractors: MAI, Space Kidz India (SKI)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3-5 months
Mass: 1.5 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Iskra 5 - 20xx Ba Soyuz-2-1a with Progress-MS xx


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