Mission type Technology
Operator MGU
COSPAR ID 2009-049D
SATCAT № 35868
Start of mission
Launch date 17 September 2009, 15:55:07 (2009-09-17T15:55:07Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 820 kilometres (510 mi)
Apogee 827 kilometres (514 mi)
Inclination 98.54 degrees
Period 101.22 minutes
Epoch 6 July 2014, 02:36:45 UTC[2]

Universitetsky-Tatyana-2[3] is a small research and educational satellite mainly developed by Taiwan (National Cheng Kung University and National Central University)[4] and Russia Moscow State University and launched on 17 September 2009 from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket.[5] This satellite was equally sponsored by Taiwan and Russia. Along with team work supported by Mexico and South Korea, the two Taiwanese institutions particularly contributed satellite computing systems, flight programmes as well as thermotic, magnetic, and digital data processing devices.

Mission objectives

The satellite is part of an international research and educational youth program of near-Earth space exploration. The mission's objectives are:[6]

  • Investigating light phenomena in the Earth’s atmosphere due to the effect of galaxy cosmic rays and high-energy charged particles;
  • Investigating en-route radiation conditions;
  • Investigating variations of the Earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields.

See also


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  4. ^ ESEMS Program
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External links

  • Taiwan's National Science Council & National Space Centre