STARS EC [Kagawa University]
Shizuoka University's STARS-EC (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite - Elevator of CubeSat) consists of a Mother Satellite and a Daughter Satellite connected by a tether and a crawler, which moves along the tether.
This is the fifth mission of the STARS series. It fits into a 3U CubeSat form factor, but seperates into three 1U parts connected by a tether.
STARS-EC's mission is to demonstrate a space elevator using a 3U CubeSat. After deployment from the ISS, the satellite will split into three separate spacecraft, each the size of a 1U CubeSat. The spacecrafts on each end will be connected to the center satellite by a 11 m-long space tether, thus the satellites on the ends will be 22 m apart from one another. The satellite in the center will move back and forth along the tether, testing an orbital space elevator. Each spacecraft is equipped with a camera to monitor the elevator demonstration.
The satellite was launched on board of Cygnus CRS-15 on an Antares-230+ rocket to be delivered to the ISS.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||413 km × 421 km, 51.64°|
|STARS-EC (Sanko)||1998-067SE||20.02.2021||WI LC-0A||Antares-230+||with Cygnus CRS-15, Lawkanat 1, Gunsmoke-J 2, ORCA 6, ORCA 7, IT-SPINS, TAU-SAT 1, MYSAT 2, OPUSAT 2, RSP 01, WARP 01, Maya 2, Guaranisat 1, Tsuru, ThinSat 2A, ..., 2I|