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STARS (KUKAI)

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STARS (KUKAI) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 33498
Int'l Code: 2009-002G
Perigee: 632.3 km
Apogee: 648.6 km
Inclination: 98.3 °
Period: 97.4 minutes
Semi major axis: 7011 km
RCS: 0.1254 m2 (medium)
Launch date: January 23, 2009
Source: Japan (JPN)
Launch site: TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER (TNSTA)
Uplink (MHz):
Downlink (MHz): 437.485
Beacon (MHz): 437.305
Mode: 1200bps FM CW
Call sign: JR5YBN
Status: Active


The STARS-1 satellite consists of a Mother Satellite and a Daughter Satellite connected by a tether. The Mother Satellite deploys the tether having the Daughter Satellite at its end. Daughter Satellite has one arm, and the tether is attached at its end. Then attitude control by arm motion using tether tension is possible. The main mission is to take pictures of a satellite during tether deployment. In this mission the Mother Satellite deploys tether having Daughter Satellite at its end. The Daughter Satellite controls attitude of CCD camera by robot motion. The Mother Satellite and Daughter Satellite communicate through Bluetooth. The Daughter Satellite will take pictures of the Mother Satellite, and transmitters these to ground stations through amateur radio frequency.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 33498U 09002G   18017.11186524  .00000206  00000-0  35710-4 0  9991
2 33498  98.3286 203.4683 0011592  31.4392  85.1190 14.78733312483515
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC