Creation of Preparation and Launch in the Prcess of Mini -Satellites (Radioskaf) - 08.12.15
Information Pending Science Results for Everyone
ISS hand-me-downs are out of this world. Spacesuits that have outlived their useful life contain pressurization hardware that can be used to design simple student research devices for mini-satellite missions. This investigation developed a procedure for assembling small satellites from these suits and launching them during extravehicular activity. The mini-satellites were used to successfully send service and mission information to amateur radio stations on the ground. Using amateur radio stations as part of the mini-satellite command and telemetry system, people around the world can receive information from the mini-satellites at little cost. Experiment Details
A. P. Alexandrov, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Russia
Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
ISS Expedition Duration 1
October 2005 - April 2006; September 2010 - September 2011; March 2014 - September 2014
Previous 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.
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.
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.^ back to top
Lamzin VA, Odelevskiy VK, Firsiuk SO, Khokhulin VS. Space exploration and education and modern satellite technologies. IV International Conference Aviation and Space Exploration; 2005
Ground Based Results Publications
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment