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Mission Photos:

STSAT satellite
Courtesy of KAIST

Mission Objectives:

The objectives of STSAT-2 mission consist of three missions, which are the domestic development of a low earth orbit 100kg satellite which will be launched by KSLV-1(Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1) from the domestic space center (NARO Space Center),the development of advanced technology for small spacecraft, and the development and operation of world-class space science payloads. STSAT-2 have two payloads: the main payload, DREAM (Dual-channel Radiometer for Earth and Atmosphere Monitoring) and the secondary payload, LRA (Laser Retroreflector Array). The DREAM mission objectives are to acquire brightness temperature of the earth at 23.8 GHz and 37 GHz, and to acquire physical parameters such as cold liquid water and water vapor after post-processing. The mission objective of spacecraft techologies is to develop a thermally, mechanically, electrically stable and radial resistant spacecraft system having high-precision attitude determination and control capability in a high eccentric ellipsoidal orbit.

Unfortunately, the STSAT-2A satellite was lost due to a launch failure on August 25, 2009. The launch of STSAT-2B occurred on June 10, 2010 at 08:01 GMT; the satellite was lost due to a rocket failure.

Mission Instrumentation:

For spacecraft technology experiments, STSAT-2 has the following instrumentation onboard:

  • Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT)
  • Dual-Head Star Tracker (DHST)
  • Fine Digital Sun Sensor (FDSS)
  • Compact on-board computer
  • High-speed data transmission (10Mbps)
Mission Parameters:
Sponsor: Mest, KAIST MEST, KAIST
Expected Life:
Primary Applications: Spacecraft development Spacecraft development
Primary SLR Applications: Precision orbit determination Precision orbit determination
SIC Code: 3801 3802
Satellite Catalog (NORAD) Number: TBD TBD
Launch Date: 10-Aug-2009 Apr-2010
RRA Diameter: 20 cm 20 cm
RRA Shape: hemisphere hemisphere
Reflectors: 9 corner cubes 9 corner cubes
Orbit: Elliptical Elliptical
Inclination: 80 degrees 80 degrees
Eccentricity: 0.082 0.082
Perigee: 300 km 300 km
Apogee: 1500 km 1500 km
Weight: 100 kg 100 kg

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