Information PendingPrincipal Investigator(s)
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingResearch Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
October 2005 - March 2011Expeditions Assigned
12,25/26Previous ISS Missions
Test a technology for producing RadioSkaf supersmall satellite for various utilization purposes based on the Orlan-M spacesuits with a depleted service life. Conduct development test of the mini-satellite hardware in the following autonomous mission, receive service and mission information from the satellite to the ground radio amateur station.
Information PendingEarth Applications
Spacesuit Orlan-M, Radio station unit, Control unit, Radio station (ribbon-type) antenna, Digitalker unit, Cable network and connectors, Self-contained power supply, Structural elements (safety tether and bracket lever to hold and relocate the mini-satellite by a cosmonaut, mounting bracket for antenna and control unit, soft container for hardware attachment), Digital camera Nikon D1X, Camera Nikon F5, PCMCIA card, 35 mm film.Operational Protocols
Develop mini-satellite technology based on the Orlan-M spacesuit with a depleted service life. Test a crew procedure for mini-satellite hardware mounting in a spacesuit onboard the ISS RS. Test a procedure for bulky equipment airlocking and retrieving from the docking compartment during the egress (EVA). Test a procedure for crew manual injection of a mini-satellite during EVA into a coordinated orbit with a safe trajectory plan. Test a procedure for collecting housekeeping and payload information from the mini-satellite. Study the mini-satellite behavior in the course of an autonomous flight in the absence of the stabilization and attitude systems. Conduct a development test of the mini-satellite hardware operation in a spaceflight. Perform an experimental assessment of the mini-satellite in-orbit lifetime.
Use of spacesuits depleted their service life and subject to be disposed for accommodation of the scientific hardware set in their internal pressurized volume will allow to simplify requirements for design concept of various student research devices being part of the mission mini-satellite scientific hardware. Use of the radio amateur station as part of the mini-satellite command and telemetry system will allow to create a wide network of communication stations in the institutes of higher education all over the world to receive information from the mini-satellites with minimum financial expenditures.