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A Czech nanosatellite with multiple components and “boarding pass” provided by Spacemanic.

On the 26 of January 2022, the nanosatellite VZLUSAT - 2 manufactured by Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLÚ) was launched from the ION Satellite Carrier operated by D-orbit. The satellite flew on the Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX with the Falcon 9 rocket.

Size: 3U
Weight: 3900g
Radio: 437, 325 MHz (UHF)
Orbit height: 500- 550 km
Orbit type: Sun-synchronous
Launch date: January 13, 2022
Status: Active

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Spacemanic's role

The mission carries multiple payloads. There are two cameras for Earth observation, X-ray optical payload, Gamma Flash Detector (GRB Detector), Space X-ray Detector, Space Dosimetry System Demonstrator, and Water vapor outgassing sensor.

Spacemanic's main role in the VZLUSAT-2 project is the launch campaign management.

Spacemanic provided a couple subsystems for this mission:

  • Celeste GNSS receiver (the module serves as a navigational unit and provides precise timestamps)
  • RA Solar panels (the solar panels are the main source of energy for this mission)