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# Roscosmos # Roshydromet # UniverSat # Orbital groups # Oleg Kem # MGTU # AmSU 06/11/2021 09:30 Roscosmos and Roshydromet signed cooperation agreements with Russian universities
Roscosmos State Corporation and the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring have signed agreements on long-term partnership with N.E. Bauman, Novosibirsk State University and Amur State University in order to monitor “space weather” with small satellites developed by universities. As part of the signed agreements, universities will work on the development and expansion of the functionality of small spacecraft constellations of the popular CubeSat format of their own design, equipped with equipment for monitoring heliogeophysical parameters on low earth orbits (monitoring “space weather”). The agreements were signed following the successful completion of the stage of flight tests of university vehicles launched under the UniverSat program on the Soyuz-2 launch vehicles with the Fregat upper stage in the configuration of the associated payload on July 19, 2019 from the Vostochny cosmodrome and on September 28 2020 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Earlier in March 2020, a similar agreement was signed with the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. Oleg Kem, Director of the Department of Navigation Space Systems (GLONASS) of the State Corporation Roscosmos: “The format of the UniverSat program will allow us to work in close cooperation with our key space universities to solve applied problems in the interests of state customers of the State Corporation Roscosmos. Satellites of the CubeSat format will make it possible to quickly develop and carry out full-scale experimental testing of both service systems and new miniature target equipment for small spacecraft. To date, the UniverSat program constellation already comprises seven satellites equipped with heliogeophysical equipment, serving as a source of targeted information for Roshydromet services in addition to the federal constellation of Meteor-M series satellites. We plan to launch four more small devices in the 4th quarter of 2021. “” The active work of the Institute of Applied Geophysics of Roshydromet in cooperation with Roskosmos and university teams will lead to significant results, “said the head of Roshydromet Igor Shumakov. – Placing miniaturized target equipment on small spacecraft will allow receiving data that will supplement information from the Meteor-M series meteorological satellites. For its part, Roshydromet fully supports this direction of Roscosmos activity and plans further steps for successful cooperation. ” on solar activity, space radiation, cosmic rays and other parameters of space weather. Since 2017, the Roscosmos State Corporation has successfully implemented a program to select, determine the procedure for adapting and implement the launch of small scientific and educational spacecraft, the UniverSat program using Russian launch vehicles within the framework of the Federal Space Program of Russia for 2016–2025 (order of the General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos dated December 27, 2019 No. 453). It is designed to promote the development of scientific and technical potential, professional self-determination and creativity of children and youth in the interests of the rocket and space industry, as well as to ensure the implementation of scientific experiments in the field of space exploration by educational organizations. Any Russian organization can become a member of the UniverSat program. carrying out educational activities, providing training for the rocket and space industry. The developed small spacecraft should provide the solution of scientific and applied problems for the thematic customers of the UniverSat program Roshydromet and the Ministry of Transport of Russia.
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