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Russia: Crowdfunded Mayak satellite made by students to launch into space01:44

Russia: Crowdfunded Mayak satellite made by students to launch into space

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 23, 2016 at 04:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

A satellite named Mayak (the Beacon) created by young engineers and students was handed over to Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation at Moscow Polytechnic University on Thursday.

According to Alexander Shaenko, the Mayak project manager, the “device will initially be launched to a height of 600 kilometres” and will fly around the orbit from pole to pole to be seen by everyone. “According to our estimates, the device will function for about a month and will shine like a bright star during this period,” he added.

Mayak was designed and assembled using funds collected with the help of the Russian crowdfunding platform Boomstarter. The Mayak project “managed to attract almost two million in investments from almost 3,000 users in less than two months,” said Boomstarter’s Eugene Veranchik, who also attended the ceremony.

The main mission of the satellite is to popularise space engineering and increase interest in space, as it will become one of the most clearly seen objects in the sky from any part of the world. The device has also a scientific purpose, which is to collect information about atmospheric density and to test an aerodynamic braking system.

Russia: Crowdfunded Mayak satellite made by students to launch into space01:44
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A satellite named Mayak (the Beacon) created by young engineers and students was handed over to Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation at Moscow Polytechnic University on Thursday.

According to Alexander Shaenko, the Mayak project manager, the “device will initially be launched to a height of 600 kilometres” and will fly around the orbit from pole to pole to be seen by everyone. “According to our estimates, the device will function for about a month and will shine like a bright star during this period,” he added.

Mayak was designed and assembled using funds collected with the help of the Russian crowdfunding platform Boomstarter. The Mayak project “managed to attract almost two million in investments from almost 3,000 users in less than two months,” said Boomstarter’s Eugene Veranchik, who also attended the ceremony.

The main mission of the satellite is to popularise space engineering and increase interest in space, as it will become one of the most clearly seen objects in the sky from any part of the world. The device has also a scientific purpose, which is to collect information about atmospheric density and to test an aerodynamic braking system.

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