Small satellite’s anniversary
May 23, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of a small satellite Yubileiny which was designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company.
10 years ago, on May 23, 2008, ISS-Reshetnev’s small satellite Yubileiny was launched into space from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Having a mass of just 45 kilograms, it was placed on a low Earth orbit from where transmitted amateur radio signals.
The satellite was designed by ISS-Reshetnev Company and built in cooperation with Russian space companies and the Siberian State Aerospace University named after academician M.F. Reshetnev (now Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology). This project marked the return of ISS-Reshetnev Company to designing and building small satellites.
The Yubileiny satellite became a unique experimental project for ISS-Reshetnev Company. It was the first satellite built by the company without using a pressurized payload container: instead of that the satellite was based on a multifunctional unpressurized satellite platform. That platform was designed by ISS-Reshetnev specialists for satellites weighing from 30 to 100 kilograms, and it was successfully flight tested within the framework of the Yubileiny project. Now platforms of this type are used in all small satellites produced by the company.
Also as part of the Yubileiny project a wide array of other onboard instruments and systems (developed by ISS-Reshetnev Company) were thoroughly flight tested. Additionally it was the first ISS-Reshetnev’s satellite launched into orbit by a Rockot conversion launch vehicle and it helped prove the technology of launching small class satellites.
The Yubileiny satellite was also used for educational purposes. It was the first ISS-Reshetnev’s “student” satellite – the company built the satellite together with the SibSAU University. SibSAU students made a number of onboard instruments which were later fight tested on the Yubileiny satellite. As well as that, students underwent training courses dedicated to satellite flight control operations.
The Yubileiny satellite was designed for a 1-year active lifespan. During its mission all the tasks imposed on the satellite were successfully completed. The Yubileiny satellite kept being active in orbit for three more years transmitting signals for radio amateurs all over the world.