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Small Spacecraft Under Control. / July 9, 2014 /

On 8 July, the Soyuz 2-1B rocket with the Fregat upper stage successfully launched the Meteor M2 satellite along with a cluster of six small satellites: MKA-FKI, SkySat-2, DX-1, TechDemoSat-1, UKube-1, and AISSAT-2.

In accordance with the flight profile, the secondary satellite separation from the upper stage took place as scheduled at the pre-calculated time. The satellites are under the customer control.

The MKA-FKI Relek (PN2) spacecraft is developed and built by Moscow-based NPO Lavochkin. The RELEK scientific equipment is a complex of instruments designed to study high-attitude electrical discharges, atmospheric transients, and relativistic electron precipitations from the Earth’s radiation belts. The RELEK studies are of scientific and applied importance: the precipitated electrons are of great danger for spacecraft.
The DX1 satellite is designed and manufactures by the Skolkovo-based development center of Dauria Aerospace. It is equipped with commercial Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver — automatic vessel tracking system. It is the first spacecraft in the history of Russia having such a capability. The data from the satellite will be used to the benefit of private companies as well.

TechDemoSat-1 (UK) carries the equipment for monitoring the state of the ocean surface, studying the outer space and its effect on space hardware, and IR radiometer for the Earth remote sensing.

SkySat-2 (US) is equipped with the unique data collection camera, processors for data interpretation and uncertainty correction, and downlink radio system. The satellite is also designed for high resolution images and HD video.

UKube-1 (UK) is a 4 kg 3U cubsat. It carries four payloads comprising the experimental equipment designed for studying the near-Earth space and its effect on space hardware and for on-orbit testing of the CMOS Earth remote sensing technologies. The satellite is also equipped with the FunCube sub-system with the capability for educational outreach to students at school and colleges.

AISSAT-2 (Norway) is a 7 kg nanosatellite whose primary mission is operational monitoring and tracking of ships in the Norwegian territorial waters. Its main payload is Automatic Identification System sensor designed for identification and location of maritime vessels.

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