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HSE University’s Third Satellite Launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome

The small CubeSX-HSE-3 spacecraft was created by students and staff of the HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics. It is based on the OrbiCraft-Pro 3U platform by Sputnix. The work was carried out as part of the Space-π project with support from the Innovation Support Fund.

On the morning of June 27, the State Commission at the Vostochny Cosmodrome approved the fuelling of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket and its launch at 2:34 pm Moscow time. The launch vehicle with a Fregat upper stage also took the Meteor-M No. 2-3 satellite into orbit, as well as 42 small spacecraft (3 foreign and 39 Russian, including CubeSX-HSE-3) as a secondary payload. The simultaneous launch of such a large number of Russian satellites—40 in total—set a national cosmonautics record.

CubeSX-HSE-3 small spacecraft
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The carrier rocket operated as planned; the upper stage separated from the third stage of the rocket, and the spacecraft were placed into their designated orbits.

This was the ninth launch of a Russian carrier rocket in 2023, and the second from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This was the 63rd flight of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier and the 115th for the Fregat family.

The CubeSX-HSE-3 satellite carries a modified hardware-software AIS complex, an AZN-V monitoring system, and a camera. The CubeSat consists of three units secured on a single frame. One unit houses the flywheels that orient the craft in space, the second contains the boards responsible for the satellite's operation, and the third is entirely allocated to the payload.

The first HSE satellite was launched into space in March 2021, and the second was launched in August 2022.

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