Very soon the brightest morning star will be the Russian Mayak Satellite, this is because Russian Mayak Satellite is taking over Venus in a grand style.Mayak, is a Russian word for “beacon,” is a pyramid-shaped satellite that that was developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering (MSUME), who successfully crowdfunded the money to build and launch the probe.
On July 14, from the Baikonur Spaceport, Mayak was launched – the first crowdfunding spacecraft in the history of Russia, created by young scientists. At night, in clear weather, one can see it as the brightest shooting star.
Assembly of the flight version of the Mayak spacecraft began at the Moscow Polytechnic University. At the same time, the project team started sending gifts to the project sponsors at Boomstarter. Thus, the preparation of the satellite to orbital launching is on the home straight.
The amazing aspect of the project is that,Mayak is the first satellite project in Russia financed by money raised on the crowdfunding platform, Boomstarter. The team behind Mayak managed to raise almost 2 million rubles (around $33 000), and one of the partners is the advertising agency, 12.digital.
Aim of the Project
Encouraging the younger generation to explore the space, showing them by our own example that there is nothing impossible.
“We wanted to prove that it is possible to launch a satellite without state support or the assistance of a huge corporation,” said the agency’s director, Nikita Ershov, adding that the project’s main goal is to get youth interested in space exploration.
The Mayak project is developed by young engineers on the site of the Moscow Polytechnic University, the former University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI), as part of the “Modern Cosmonautics” educational program, with the involvement of cosmonautics enthusiasts who participate in the project development.
The Mayak spacecraft is intended to promote cosmonautics and to enhance the attractiveness of the scientific and technical education among the Russian youth. After reaching the orbit, satellite will open a solar reflector in the form of a pyramid made of metallized polymer film, to become the brightest star in the night sky, visible from all cities of the Earth.
The scientific goals of the project include testing an aerodynamic braking device in a real flight condition, which will later be used for pulling space debris from orbit. Tracking the satellite’s flight in the upper atmosphere will provide new information about the air density at a high altitude.
In addition, the Mayak’s solar reflector will be used as a reference to verify the calculations of the apparent stellar magnitude of space objects.According to NationalGeographic,
“Their 3U CubeSat is part of a flotilla of 73 satellites hitching a ride aboard a Soyuz rocket scheduled to launch on June 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Once in orbit some 373 miles above Earth, the bread loaf-size satellite will attempt to deploy four triangular reflectors neatly folded inside a canister. Once unfurled, the resulting sail will extend about 170 square feet across.
If the satellite manages to successfully inflate its metallic reflectors to full size, it has the potential to become the brightest human-made object in orbit. Some reports have even speculated that it could become the third brightest object in the entire sky, outshined by only the moon and the sun.”
Also the mission team has developed an app (in Russian only for now) so that the public can locate and track Mayak in the skies above. If it does successfully reach orbit, other online satellite tracking services will likely include it in their databases of Earth-orbiting spacecraft.