Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2009-049E
SATCAT no.35869
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass30 kilograms (66 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date17 September 2009, 15:55:07 (2009-09-17UTC15:55:07Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur Site 31/6
End of mission
Last contactSeptember 2009 (2009-10)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth

UGATUSAT was a Russian nanosatellite which was built and operated by Ufa State Aviation Technical University (UGATU). The satellite was intended to be used as a technology demonstrator, and for Earth observation. The development programme was budgeted at around 155M Roubles (£3.75M/$7.25M).[1] It was originally intended to launch atop a Kosmos-3M carrier rocket from LC-107 at Kapustin Yar on 19 June 2009, but was later transferred to a later launch as a secondary payload on a Soyuz-2 rocket. UGATUSAT was launched into orbit on 17 September 2009.[2] Shortly after launch, UGATUSAT's gyroscopic control system suffered a structural failure,[3] which led to the failure of the entire spacecraft.[4] This failure led to extensive delays and redesigns for the Baumanets-2 satellite, which shared common components with UGATUSAT.[3] UGATUSAT's demise was part of a string of in-space failures of Russian satellites noted by outside observers in the late 2000s.[4]


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