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AIST-2D is a technology demonstration and scientific research satellite developed at Samara Aerospace University in cooperation with satellite manufacturer TsSKB-Progress. The 531-Kilogram satellite hosts eight payloads dedicated to technology demonstrations and scientific research.

The AIST-2D mission has a number of objectives starting with the development of a small satellite platform to host hyper-spectral and other sensor equipment. Another goal of the mission is developing new methods and technologies for Earth observation in the hyperspectral bands and novel radar frequencies. Over the course of a mission of at least three years, AIST-2D will carry out a number of technological demonstrations and deliver data for use by the scientific community.

The primary scientific payloads aboard the AIST-2D satellite are the Aurora Hyperspectral Imaging Instrument and a P-Band radar system. In addition, the spacecraft hosts six payloads for scientific research, materials science and technology demonstrations.

Alternate Names

  • 41465
  • AIST2D

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-04-28
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2.1a
Launch Site: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
Mass: 500 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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