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Sprite-Sat

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2009-002C

Description

Seven microsatellites were deployed as piggyback payloads to the Ibuki spacecraft. All of these spacecraft will follow a similar roughly 660 km sun-synchronous orbit. Six of the small satellites were developed by universities and private-sector companies; the seventh is a technology demonstrator for JAXA.

Sprite-Sat, developed by Tohoku University, is a cube of approximately 50 cm and 50 kg mass and will observe sprites and gamma-rays generated during Earth thunderstorms.

Alternate Names

  • 33494
  • 2009-002C

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-01-23
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown Japan

Discipline

  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 

Personnel

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