MAGNARO are two small satellites developed by the Nagoya University to demonstrat formation flying techniques.
The purpose is to develop a method to achieve resource saving, high accuracy, and formation formation by rotating and separating connected micro-satellites to form a formation, and achieve simultaneous multi-point observation and continuous earth observation with micro-satellites.
MAGNARO is launched as a 3U CubeSat sized package of 4.4 kg that splits into two satellites after deployment. One is 2U and the other is 1U in size. They are connected by magnetism until their separation. After separating, they will maintain formation flying between 2 km to 500 km distance from each other. Amateur radio operators will be able to use these satellites as repeaters for long-range communication.
MAGNARO was launched in October 2022 on an shared Epsilon (2) CLPS rocket but failed to reach orbit.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Configuration:||CubeSat (2U) (#A); CubeSat (1U) (#B)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|MAGNARO A||2022-F05||12.10.2022||Ka LP-M||F||Epsilon (2) CLPS||with RAISE 3, QPS-SAR 3, 4, MAGNARO B, KOSEN 2, MITSUBA, Waseda-SAT 0, FSI-SAT|
|MAGNARO B||2022-F05||12.10.2022||Ka LP-M||F||Epsilon (2) CLPS||with RAISE 3, QPS-SAR 3, 4, MAGNARO A, KOSEN 2, MITSUBA, Waseda-SAT 0, FSI-SAT|