Aist 1


Aist 1
Mission typeTechnology
OperatorSamara Aerospace University
COSPAR ID2013-078C
SATCAT no.39492
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeAist
ManufacturerSamara Aerospace University
TsSKB Progress
Start of mission
Launch date28 December 2013, 12:30:00 (2013-12-28UTC12:30Z) UTC[1]
Launch sitePlesetsk 43/4
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude600 kilometres (370 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude631 kilometres (392 mi)[2]
Inclination82.42 degrees[2]
Period96.87 minutes[2]
Epoch25 January 2015, 03:53:46 UTC[2]

Aist 1 (Russian: Аист 1, meaning Stork 1) is a Russian technology demonstration satellite which was launched in December 2013. Aist 1 is operated by the Samara Aerospace University, who constructed it in partnership with TsSKB Progress. It is the second launched Aist satellite, following Aist 2's April 2013 launch.[3]


Aist1's primary technological mission objectives are demonstrating its systems and bus and investigating how to minimize acceleration caused by microgravitational effects.[4] It will also measure micrometeoroid and microscopic orbital debris impacts, and test new sensors and techniques designed to study Earth's magnetic field.[3]

Aist 1 was launched aboard the maiden flight of TsSKB Progress' Volga upper stage equipped Soyuz-2-1v carrier rocket, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43[5][6] at 12:30 UTC on 28 December 2013,[7] following a series of delays.[8] The same rocket also deployed two SKRL-756 radar calibration satellites. Aist separated from the upper stage at 14:10 UTC, 100 minutes after liftoff.[9]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "AIST 1 Satellite details 2013-078C NORAD 39492". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly. "Aist satellite". RussianSpaceWeb. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Aist 1, 2 (147KS)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Войска воздушно-космической обороны провели запуск космического аппарата научного назначения «Аист»". Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
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  7. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "No.693 draft". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  8. ^ "After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket". RIA Novosti. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ Downes, Nathaniel; Bergin, Chris (28 December 2013). "Russia conduct successful debut launch of Soyuz-2-1v". Retrieved 28 December 2013.