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August 30th, 2017

SpaceNews Reports that Russia's Record Smallsat Launch Had Four Satellite Comms Headaches

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifts off July 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying 73 satellites. Credit: Roscosmos video

In a report posted by Debra Werner in SpaceNews on August 29, on July 14, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched a record 72 smallsats only to learn that on August 29, Dauria Aerospace had been unable to contact their two MKA-N cubesats — additionally,  two cubesats from two universities haven't communicated with the students.

The unanswered question is whether the disconnect is due to a hardware/software issue or whether the problem occurred at the time of the launch. Currently the satellites are in 600-kilometer orbit, and the students' $30,000 satellite was unable to open its solar reflector, and further frustrating the matter the satellite has no radio.

The remainder satellites have successfully reached their orbits except for a Spire’s Lemur satellite that didn't make it to its planned orbit.

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