Russia has announced launch of the “Yarilo” mission to study the Sun

The Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU) in cooperation with the Peter Lebedev Physical Institute (PI) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) have developed nanosatellites for the Yarilo project to study the Sun.

In 2020, it is planned to launch the device with the help of a carrier rocket to the sun-synchronous orbit (about 600 kilometers) as an additional load, as the Youth Space Center of MSTU reported.

Nanosatellites are designed to register solar activity in the X-ray range and obtain operational forecasts of the state of the interplanetary environment. Relevant data will be transmitted to Earth three to four times a day.

The device will consist of two microsatellites, which are supposed to be orbited via solar sails. Communication with satellites will be maintained by the MSTU Flight Control Center. X-ray spectrophotometer will be a contribution of RAS Physics Institute to the project.


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