Radio-ROSTO (RS 15)
Radio-ROSTO, also known as RS 15, was a small amateur radio satellite launched on the maiden orbital flight of the Rokot-K booster.
The satellite was constructed using a surplus Strela-1M satellite. The payload was the BRTK-11 electronic billboard (RS 15) for use by amateur radio operators. The transponders worked at an uplink frequency band of 145.857-145.897 MHz and a downlink frequency band of 29.357-29.397 MHz with an output power of 5 W.
Radio-ROSTO was a precursor mission to a proposed constellation of six Radio-M spacecraft, which were eventually not realized.
The satellite was successfully launched on the maiden Rokot-K orbital flight on 26 December 1994. After 21 years in orbit the solar cells still power the beacon when in sunlight.
|Type / Application:||Amateur radio communication|
|Operator:||NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki, Mozhaisky military academy|
|Contractors:||NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki, Mozhaisky military academy|
|Equipment:||BRTK-11 electronic billboard (RS 15)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||1 year (design)|
|Orbit:||1881 km × 2163 km, 64.82°|
|Radio-ROSTO (RS 15)||1994-085A||26.12.1994||Ba LC-175/58||Rokot-K|