"Chibis-AI" and "Trabant": new projects of Russian microsatellites


A press conference was held at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI RAS) " Microsatellites for Earth exploration. Russian-Hungarian cooperation ». Within the framework of the event, the projects of promising small vehicles "Chibis-AI" and "Trabant" were presented.

During the conference the head of the Laboratory of Electromagnetic Radiation Studies of the Space Plasma Physics Department of the IKI RAS Stanislav Klimov made a speech

In the history of the IKI, the Russian-Australian "Kolibri-2000" satellite, only 20.5 kg in weight, was the first small device to study the Earth's ionosphere. It was launched in 2002. Almost 20 years later – in 2011 – "Chibis-M", which studied the earth's lightning from space, was put into space

Now, according to Mr. Klimov, two more projects are planned based on microsatellites. In particular, the apparatus "Chibis-AI" will be designed for the study of ionospheric-atmospheric relations. The Trabant project, in turn, was conceived to study the environment near the International Space Station.

The projects will use the universal microsatellite platform "Chibis" – the original development of the IKI engineers – and was put into space using the infrastructure of the International Space Station, using the technology proposed by the IKI specialists and implemented jointly with RKK "Energy."

A joint Russian-Hungarian question and answer session dedicated to the past and prospects of cooperation between the two countries in space research was also held within the framework of the conference.