Two miniature satellites developed by Israeli students from Ariel University were launched into space last week aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
The nanosatellites, dubbed SATLLA-2A and SATTLA-2B, were built by students from the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Engineering at the K&CG (Kinematic & Computational Geometry) lab headed by Prof. Boaz Ben Moshe.
Both satellites contain possible conduct of several scientific experiments such as a star track system, an aircraft tracking system, preparation for a laser communication stabilization system, (Free Space Optical communication, or FSO), photography and image analysis, and several other experiments, the university said in a statement.
According to the announcement released on Monday, the two satellites are currently in orbit and hover at an altitude of about 540km. The first message of the SATLLA-2B satellite was received near its launch and 20 other transmissions have been received since then. The group has not received a message from the SATLLA-2A satellite which makes them assume there is a problem with its antenna opening mechanism.
This is not the first satellite developed by students at the KC&G lab and launched into space. The nanosatellite, SATLLA-1 was launched in October 2020 on the unmanned cargo shuttle Signus NG-14 en route to the International Space Station.
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