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SPUTNIX launches Russia’s first private Earth remote sensing satellite

Russian developer of small satellite platforms and systems SPUTNIX Company has launched the country’s first private Earth remote sensing satellite, TabletSat-Aurora, on-board ISC Kosmotras’ RS-20 rocket (Dnepr).

The satellite launched as part of a cluster of small spacecraft lifted off onboard the Dnepr on 20 June.

SPUTNIX’s new satellite is expected to receive data from the microsatellite sent to a SCANEX ground network UniScan. Data will be used in commercial, scientific, educational and environmental projects.

Speaking about the development, ISC Kosmotras CEO Alexander Serkin said: "We have an opportunity to participate in the implementation of a private space project in Russia. And we are certainly proud to be a part of this event."

After TabletSat-Aurora’s ascent to orbit, subsystems developed by the company will be tested, with first signal from the spacecraft already received, SPUTNIX said.

TabletSat-Aurora weighs 26kg, with minimum designed life expectancy of one year. It is equipped with a high-accuracy tri-axial orientation and stabilisation system, as well as an optical camera for Earth imaging from space, with resolution of 15m per pixel.

SPUTNIX CTO Stanislav Karpenko said: "The company consider TabletSat-Aurora as a universal platform for placement of scientific and commercial applications payloads."

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