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SPROUT [Nihon University]

SPROUT (Space Research On Unique Technology) is the second small sized satellite under development at Nihon University. The development of SPROUT began in the winter of 2005, as a successor of SEEDS.

SPROUT consists of a cubic main section that is 20 cm long per side, and a combined membrane structure section which is 1.5 m long. After reaching orbit, SPROUT will carry out several technological experiments at orbital altitudes of 600 km. It will verify the deployment of a membrane structure and test at the end of the mission the de-orbiting by utilizing air-resistance by using the deployed membrane structure. Additionally, earth imaging and amateur radio communications services by transmitting audio and visual data from space to earth's surface will be performed.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Nihon University
Contractors: Nihon University
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit: 613 km × 628 km, 97.87
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SPROUT 2014-029E 24.05.2014 Ta YLP-1 H-2A-202 with ALOS 2, Rising 2, SOCRATES, UNIFORM 1


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