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Micro Labsat

Also called Mu-Lab-Sat


Designation 27600 / 02056D
Launch date 14 Dec 2002
Country of origin Japan
Mission Scientific
Perigee/Apogee 800 km, sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.7°
Period 100.8 min
Launch vehicle H2A #11

Has released two tiny subsatellites in an experiment to test an onboard tracking imager for inspector satellites. The RITE (Remote Inspection Technology Experiment) targets are disks about 0.1m in diameter. They were released from Micro-LabSat on 2003 Mar 14 at 0140 UTC and 2003 May 14 at 0150 UTC. The targets have not been cataloged by NORAD.

In 2004 it is announced that the onboard camera and computer are working fine and will be used to track the moon. It will serve as movinh target, training the satellite to control its attitude to track it.

Technical data


Prime contractor NASDA
Mass at launch 54 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 70 x 50 cm
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

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