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Russia is showing interest in the growing push to design and launch microsatellites, according to Voice of Russia. The news site says Russia’s Space Systems Company hopes that microsats – satellites which, like its original Sputnik, weigh less than 100kg but are much more capable – can gather data to help predict natural …

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100 kg a microsatellite?

Sounds more like a mini-satellite to me. A microsatellite would be more along the lines of Vanguard 1, which weighed in at 1.5kg.

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Re: 100 kg a microsatellite?

Mini - 100kg - 500kg

Micro 10kg - 100kg

Nano 1kg - 10kg

Pico 100g - 1Kg

Vanguard 1 is a Nano-sat.

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Launch vehicles

How reliable are Russian launch vehicles these days?

And as IvyKign says, 100kg is hardly micro.

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Most satellites are 3-6t

Technically, the largest satellite launched to date is the ISS, @ 277t

So 100kg vs 277t is micro IMHO.

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Yes but the ISS was not put up in a single launch was it?, 277t? It was a lot of smaller launches then assembled in space so it is not really comparable.

Most satellites are a single item/single launch, though most launches probably

carry more than one satellite these days.

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For an item to be classed as a satellite, it has to be a single launch?

NO!

If it had to be single launch then Skylab at 77t.

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microsatellite launch tech

http://www.astronautix.com/articles/abroject.htm

Just don't try to sell it south ;)

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