We are very pleased to announce that the TRISAT-R nanosatellite, in the production of which the SkyLabs company also participated, successfully passed the maiden launch of the new Vega-C rocket and was successfully delivered to the target orbit.
TRISAT-R is an institutional non-commercial nanosatellite mission primed by the University of Maribor under the contract with ESA and in cooperation with CERN and Slovenian company SkyLabs. The mission is aiming to provide valued ionizing radiation measurements from a Medium Earth orbit at altitude of approximately 6000 km.
"Today's flight of the new Vega-C launch vehicle into radiation-intensive Medium Earth orbit and the TRISAT-R mission will further demonstrate the capabilities of SkyLabs's space technology solutions and mastery of space technology. The invaluable information received from the TRISAT-R satellite will enable us to develop even better, more robust technological solutions suitable even for distant planets," said the director of the SkyLabs company, dr. Tomaž Rotovnik.
The TRISAT-R satellite is based on a platform with an extremely high level of miniaturization and is entirely designed, planned and manufactured in the Republic of Slovenia, and with its weight of 4965 g and size of 30 x 10 x 10 cm, it belongs to the class of nanosatellites of the standard size of three units.
SkyLabs has provided a newly updated PicoSkyFT processing core with a single precision IEEE754 compliant floating-point unit (FPU) to ensure the best compromise in terms of performance and power consumption for the attitude determination control and general onboard data handling. In addition, SkyLabs have provided two ultraminiaturized cameras for this mission with volume less than one cubic millimetre.
There are two payloads from SkyLabs onboard the TRISAT-R spacecraft that are being utilised as experiments. The miniaturised full-duplex TM/TC CCSDS compliant communication subsystem NANOlink and the high-performance RISC-V fault tolerant onboard computer NANOhpm.
The satellite will move in the heart of the ionosphere in Medium Earth orbit at an altitude of 6000 km - in an environment with extremely high ionizing radiation. Due to the high Earth's orbit and the level of radiation in this orbit, the TRISAT-R satellite will not approach our planet Earth and burn up after its deployment and new life cycle, but will slowly move away from the Earth and remain in space forever. We are happy to be part of this action, which gives Slovenians a small but eternal monument in space.
The position and condition of the TRISAT-R satellite can be monitored live in Slovenian and English on the website www.trisat.um.si.