FASat-A: Launched 1995

FASat-A: Launched 1995

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.

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