Aist 1

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Aist 1
Mission type Technology
Operator Samara Aerospace University
COSPAR ID 2013-078C
SATCAT № 39492
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Aist
Manufacturer Samara Aerospace University
TsSKB Progress
Start of mission
Launch date 28 December 2013, 12:30:00 (2013-12-28UTC12:30Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Soyuz-2-1v/Volga
Launch site Plesetsk 43/4
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 601 kilometres (373 mi)[2]
Apogee 632 kilometres (393 mi)[2]
Inclination 82.42 degrees[2]
Period 96.810 minutes[2]
Epoch 5 October 2014, 01:46:34 UTC[2]

Aist 1 (Russian: Аист 1, meaning Stork 1) is a Russian technology demonstration satellite which was launched in December 2013. Aist 1 is operated by the Samara Aerospace University, who constructed it in partnership with TsSKB Progress. It is the second launched Aist satellite, following Aist 2's April 2013 launch.[3]

Aist1's primary technological mission objectives are demonstrating its systems and bus and investigating how to minimize acceleration caused by microgravitational effects.[4] It will also measure micrometeoroid and microscopic orbital debris impacts, and test new sensors and techniques designed to study Earth's magnetic field.[3]

Aist 1 was launched aboard the maiden flight of TsSKB Progress' Volga upper stage equipped Soyuz-2-1v carrier rocket, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43[5][6] at 12:30 UTC on 28 December 2013,[7] following a series of delays.[8] The same rocket also deployed two SKRL-756 radar calibration satellites. Aist separated from the upper stage at 14:10 UTC, 100 minutes after liftoff.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Peat, Chris (5 October 2014). "AIST 1 - Orbit". Heavens-Above. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly. "Aist satellite". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Aist 1, 2 (147KS)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Войска воздушно-космической обороны провели запуск космического аппарата научного назначения «Аист»". Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Russia launches new Soyuz rocket". Reuters. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  7. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "No.693 draft". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket". RIA Novosti. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Downes, Nathaniel; Bergin, Chris (28 December 2013). "Russia conduct successful debut launch of Soyuz-2-1v". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 28 December 2013.