SPUTNIX will launch OrbiCraft - Zorkiy

This fall, SPUTNIX plans to launch the OrbiCraft-Zorkiy spacecraft. The satellite is designed to confirm the characteristics of the Cubesat platform in the 6U form factor, confirm the characteristics of the new remote sensing camera, flight testing of new systems and testing a new launch container.

Using a unified platform allows users to reduce the cost and significantly reduce the time of creating a space complex, and the availability of commercially available compatible launch containers makes the deployment of the space complex in orbit as easy as possible.

The Orbicraft Pro SXC6 nanosatellite platform is a set of onboard service systems and structural elements for developing a small satellite in the Cubesat 6U format. On-board systems include: main and backup on-board computing module, primary and backup power supply system, primary and backup UHF transmitter, primary and backup batteries, on-board network, flywheel block, X-band transmitter, star sensor, 6 solar sensors, payload integration module, structure.


The SXC6 platform allows integration of payloads up to 3U in volume and up to 5 kg in weight. The platform provides two radio channels: UHF two-way channel Earth-Space-Earth and high-speed channel Space-Earth. The UHF channel transmits digital information in the range of 430-440 MHz with a speed of 9600 bps. The high-speed data channel operates at speeds up to 10 Mbps.

Based on the Orbicraft Pro SXC6 platform nanosatellites are compatible with standard automatic Cubesat launch containers manufactured by various companies.

A high resolution camera for the Earth remote sensing will be installed on board Zorkiy satellite. Camera data will be transmitted to X-band ground stations.

The possibility of two-way communication with the satellite will be provided using located in Skolkovo our ground-based complex Zavitok. The station operates in the UHF band. The complex is the so-called spacecraft flight control center.

Currently, the specialists are working with an engineering model of the spacecraft and proceed to the assembly of the flight version.