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Microvariability and Oscillations of STars

General


Designation 27843 / 03031D
Launch date 30 Jun 2003
Country of origin Canada
Mission Scientific: Astronomy
Perigee/Apogee 820 km sunsynchronous
Inclination  
Period 100 min
Launch vehicle Rokot #9

Smallest astronomical space telescope to date. Will measure the ages of stars.

Key partners in the project are University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).

Cost: $9 million. Funded and managed by the Canadian Space Agency.

End of life


Out of service Sep 2014
Cause  
Decay  


External resources


http://www.space.gc.ca/most

http://www.astro.ubc.ca/MOST/
http://nautilus.utias-sfl.net/code/projects/index.html
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Technical data



Specifications


Prime contractor Dynacon Enterprises (Toronto)
Platform  
Mass at launch 51.3 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 65 x 65 x 30 cm
Solar array  
Stabilization  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Will use Dynacom's lightweight gyroscopes.

Primary mirror diameter: 15 cm. The telescope will be able to detect and characterize the rapid oscillations in light intensity of stars. Pointing accuracy: 10 arcsec.

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