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The students from the Tallinn University of Technology are preparing to send two nano-satellites into space, one called Koit (‘Dawn’) and the other Hämarik (‘Dusk’). Of the two satellites, Koit is integrated to the Soyuz rocket by Exolaunch GmbH in Germany. The rocket will be launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia on 5 July 2019. Hämarik is planned to be launched from the space centre at Kourou in French Guiana on 9 September 2019, it will be sent into orbit on a Vega rocket. The mission with which the student satellites will be tasked is primarily Earth Observation using color and near-infrared cameras.
The most important and innovative test for such small satellites will be the use of high-frequency data communications. The satellites have a small x-band radio transmitter and the ground station with a high-frequency parabolic antenna with a diameter of five meters is being set up in TalTech Mektory. Antenna construction is ongoing and is likely to be completed this summer. Also important will be tests of fail-safe computation architecture. In addition, the satellites have equipment for the testing of optical link and data communications security.
The satellites will communicate with the ground station that is due to go into operation this summer.

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05.07.2019

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09.09.2019

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    TalTech's new generation student satellite Koit launched successfully.

    06.07.2019

    Withtin the sattellite programme, two satellites will be sent to the Earth's orbit: in July Koit and in September Hämarik. The main mission of the studentsatellites is to make pictures of earth and to send them to a dish on the roof of the Mektory building. A large amount of scientific experiments will also be made.

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    Studentsattellites Koit and Hämarik will be flown to orbit this very year.

    20.06.2019

    Withtin the sattellite programme, two satellites will be sent to the Earth's orbit: in July Koit and in September Hämarik. The main mission of the studentsatellites is to make pictures of earth and to send them to a dish on the roof of the Mektory building. A large amount of scientific experiments will also be made.

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    Datel is set to become the main sponsor of the TalTech satellites.

    03.06.2019

    Datel AS and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) have entered into an agreement for the development of image-processing and ground-based software for student satellites so as to ensure that the Earth’s surveillance data are mapped correctly.