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LilacSat 2



A low-cost, nano-satellite for education, amateur radio communication and technology demonstration, built by a team of 15 students of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). It is a cube-shaped 20 cm × 20 cm × 20 cm satellite with a weight of 11 kg. LilacSat-2 provides hands-on experience for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to build flight hardware for a space mission. The training these students gain by working on this project will better prepare them for work in the aerospace industry.

LilacSat-2 carries four payloads: A V/U amateur radio SDR platform. It can be configured as an FM repeater or an APRS digipeater. It will also provide a VHF CW beacon and UHF 9k6 BPSK telemetry downlink; An SDR based multi-band receiver, for reception and decoding of signals from AIS, ADS-B, etc.; An FPGA software testing platform; and A thermal infrared camera.

The lifetime of LilacSat-2 is expected to be 3 to 6 months. The planned orbit is 520 km × 520 km with an inclination of 97°.

Alternate Names

  • 40908
  • LilacSat2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2015-09-19
Launch Vehicle: Long March 6
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Communications
  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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