ISS-63 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner
Sergey Ryzhikov
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins



ROSCOSMOS. The first launch from Vostochny launch site the spacecraft are in orbit

April 28, 2016

The upper stage Volga has successfully delivered into their target orbits Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 spacecraft. The separation of spacecraft was completed normally at 7:07 Moscow Time. Normal separation was confirmed during a communications session at 8:05 Moscow Time.

ROSCOSMOS congratulates and thanks specialists of rocket and space industry, the joint crew of the cosmodrome, employees of hundreds of companies across Russia, workers of the Russian Federal Agency for Special Construction Projects everybody who contributed to the normal completion of the first launch from the first civilian cosmodrome of Russia.

The scientific research spacecraft Lomonosov was built at VNIIEM Corporation under contract from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and is designed for conducting scientific experiments in order to study transient* light phenomena, radiation properties of Earth magnetosphere and to conduct fundamental cosmological research. The SC is equipped with space telescope to measure the energy spectrum and the chemical composition of super-high-energy cosmic rays from low-Earth orbit. In addition to this, the spacecraft carried onboard a suite of equipment for studying gamma-ray bursts and lower magnetosphere of Earth.

Spacecraft Aist-2D is a Russian satellite for Earth remote sensing (ERS) with resolution of up to 1.5 meters. The spacecraft was jointly developed and built by engineers of Rocket and Space Center (RSC) Progress and Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU).

The nanosatellite SamSat-218 is a part of a suite of scientific equipment Contact, developed by SSAU scientists and RSC Progress engineers. The second part of the Contact suite of equipment is placed onboard the small spacecraft Aist-2D. The objective of this suite of equipment is to try out the process for controlling small spacecraft.

* The transient light phenomena are quick flashes of light in ultraviolet band in the upper Earth atmosphere at the altitude of about 100 km. Within milliseconds, energy on the order of several megajoules is released. These phenomena may extend for dozens of kilometers and may pose a threat to space rockets. The nature of these phenomena is currently a subject of scientific discussion, since they have not yet been sufficiently studied.


ROCOSMOS press-service



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