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FASat-A
FASat-A: The Mission

FASat-A: The Mission

FASat-Alpha was the first Chilean experimental microsatellite in orbit, built under a technology transfer program between the Chilean Air Fore and SSTL.  The FASat program included the training of Chilenian engineers at SSTL. 

FASat-A was launched on August 31, 1995 as a secondary payload to the Ukrainian SICH-1 satellite on a Russian Cyclone-3 vehicle. Unfortunately, the separation mechanism to release FASat-Alpha from SICH-1 failed to operate and some time after the launch, FACh and SSTL declared the spacecraft as lost. The primary payload, SICH-1, was able to perform its observation functions unharmed with the FASat-A permanently attached to it.

The FASat-B satellite was built as a replacement to FASat-A and launched in 1998.  

Satellite Data

Name:
FASaT-A

Customer:
Chilean Air Force

Mission:
Earth Observation

Mass:
55kg

Platform:
SSTL-42

Launch Data

Launch Date:
31 August 1995

Launch Site:
Plesetsk Kosmodrome, Russia

Launcher:
Tsyclon

Orbit:

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