ISS-59 mission

Main tasks


ISS crew:

Commander -
Oleg Kononenko
Flight engineers:
David Saint-Jaques
Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
Nick Hague
Christina Koch


Планета Королёва


March 28, 2013
RSC Energia reviews the results of the Chibis-M microsatellite work in orbit

An enlarged meeting of the Corporation's Scientific and Technical Council was held at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia to review main results of the Chibis-M microsatellite mission.

Presiding at the meeting was Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council, first deputy general designer of RSC Energia, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences V.P. Legostaev.

The director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI RAN), a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences L.M. Zeleny presented a report on the scientific results of the microsatellite mission and plans for further research, which was heard by the audience with a great deal of interest.

Taking part in the proceedings of the Scientific and Technical Council were employees of RSC Energia, IKI and Special Design Bureau of IKI RAN, FIAN working on that project as well as postgraduate students, young researchers and specialists.


For reference:

  1. The microsatellite Chibis-M was put into its orbit using the infrastructure of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (RS ISS) The microsatellite was put into its orbit on January 25, 2012 from unmanned cargo transportation spacecraft Progress M-13M.
  2. The Chibis-M was developed at IKI RAN. The mass of the spacecraft is about 40 kg, the overall dimensions when fully deployed with open antennas and solar panels is 1250 x 966 mm. The microsatellite is intended for detailed studies of the physics of electrical discharges in the atmosphere in a very broad range of energies (radio to gamma rays), as well as to develop new methods of studying Earth and the near-Earth space using spacecraft built around microsatellite buses.
  3. As a result of the Microsatellite experiment, a procedure was developed for deploying a super-small spacecraft (with a mass of up to 50 kg) from cargo spacecraft Progress M. The deployment was carried out using a transportation and launch container that had been installed by Russian cosmonauts on the structural ring of the cargo spacecraft docking port while they were performing their program of activities onboard RS ISS.


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