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Russia Develops Standardized Micro-Platform For Space Sciences

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 5, 2007 1:06 pm
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March 5, 2007 – Russian Space Agency Roscosmos today announced the development of a standardized microplatform to serve as a bus for all kinds of space sciences.

The platform, called Karat, will weigh 96 kilograms and will offer a science payload capacity of up to 100 kilograms. It consists of a service module with standardized interfaces, a power supply system SPS, a propulsion module and the payload module. It is being developed and built by NPO S.A.Lavochkina.

So far, the company has already developed 25 projects based on the Karat. The missions reach from low Earth orbit (LEO) missions with several hundred kilometers altitude over mission in polar orbits, high-elliptical orbits even to interplanetary missions like the planned Mikro-Mars mission.

The advantage for this micro-platform lies in the small mass and therefore needed small and cheaper launcher. By using a standardized platform costs as well as development time can be significantly lowered.

A first launch is planned for 2008 with an initial project length of 5 years. Depending on its success this program can clearly form the basis of a new phase of space science.

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