29.01.2011 -

Amateur educational satellite on board of the ISS

On January 30, 2011 the Russian cargo spaceship Progress M-09M brought aboard the International Space Station (ISS) an amateur educational satellite ARISSAT-1 also codenamed KEDR (“Cedar”) or RadioSkaf-2.

This mini satellite (weight 30 kg, dimensions 550x55Ox400 mm) has beendesigned and constructed by students from Russia and abroad as contribution to UNESCO space education program and the Organization’s efforts to foster the use of space technologies for promoting science education and enhancing public awareness of science as envisaged in the 35 C/5. This satellite is also to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Youri Gagarin’s flight as the first manned mission to space with which UNESCO is associated.

The KEDR satellite’s launching onto the orbit is to take place during the ISS new members outer space activities. While on the orbit the satellite will transmit voice messages in different languages, images of the Eartlfs surface in SSTV (Robot) fonnat and telemetry on 145,950 MI-iz (0,5 W) frequency. The satellite’s signals will be able to get received by ground amateur radio stations including those in schools and universities all over the world.

The KEDR satellite is an inaugural step in a comprehensive program to construct and operate a mini satellite under the UNESCO Satellite for Science Education and Basic Science project.

Additional information on the RadioSkaf space experiment can be obtained on its official web-site.

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