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Apr 18, 2016 6:18 PM ET

Archived: MAYAK – A Star That Will Free the Earth from Space Debris

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 18, 2016

Satellite will become the brightest star in the night sky. It’s being made by ordinary enthusiasts and will help combat space debris.


About this project

What is Mayak? The satellite that will remind the world that it’s possible for not just governments and corporations to contribute to space exploration. Because a small group of enthusiasts is perfectly capable of developing and launching such a high-tech apparatus now. Because with the help of the satellite we’ll be able to test the aerodynamic braking system that will play the main role in solving an ecological disaster occurring on the orbit – the problem of space debris!

At this moment, you could found yourself in a stack of different questions, like: “what is this satellite?”, “won’t it become another debris, flying around the planet?”, “why is it called “the brightest star”?”, etc. Well here you can check out the video we made for closing up any questions came in sight!

Currently, we’re raising funds to finish all the tests, to produce the satellite, and launch it. Join our team, and very soon you’ll be able to proudly say: “That was me who lit this star up!”

Space exploration hasn’t been on for long, but humanity has already managed to turn near-Earth space into a miniature junk yard for satellites. These days, scientists of all nations are looking for ways to take space debris off the orbit. We chose a different path and through of ways to prevent debris from even appearing on the orbit. And Mayak’s mission is to help us solve this problem!

Amazing times are coming. Times, when humanity is able to unite to solve shared problems. Times, when virtually everyone can contribute to the future of the whole mankind, and it won’t take much. So why wouldn’t we light up a new star that will become a symbol of these times and will help our planet to rid itself of space debris!

Roskosmos (the Federal Space Agency) confirmed capacity for including Mayak as a secondary payload on the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle scheduled for a takeoff in summer 2016. The satellite will be orbited as a part of the Kanopus-V-IK project.

The project commenced back in March of 2014, and we have already performed laboratory and stratospheric tests of all modules. The main goal of the project – the launch – is right around the corner.

In the previous funding round we raised money for the design and stratospheric tests of Mayak. Now, with all the collected experience, we’re aiming to build the actual working satellite. This process includes manufacturing of the satellite from space-friendly materials, component-by-component tests and checks, assembly, and certification for compatibility with the launch vehicle and other “passangers”. This is what our test plan looks like now:


When the satellite reaches the orbit, it will extend the solar reflector shaped like a pyramid. The faces of the pyramid are made of air-thin film that is 20 times thinner than human hair. And that’s what will make Mayak the brightest star in the night sky.

Our star isn’t just a symbol. Data, collected during the launch and orbiting will have scientific importance.

The problem of space debris is indeed very serious. If nothing changes, space flights may become virtually impossible within 30 years. Our satellite will be used to test an aerodynamic braking system that will enable thrusterless de-orbiting of space objects. This will help to clear the orbit of debris.

Want to get to know the star more personally? Every backer will have access to the mobile app that will show all details of the satellite design and development, and when it’s time – it’ll point you to the satellite in the night sky!

A spacegeek, who grew up with Azimov’s and Bradbury’s fiction novels. He always dreamed to be a part of some useful invention to help the world. His dream is about cleaning out our planet from the space debris.

An engineer with over 10 years of experience in aerospace. Developed boosters “Angara-A5” and KSLV, the “Millimetron” observatory, private satellite DX1, «Selenohod». Supervisor for the educational program “Contemporary Astronautics” at MAMI.

A technologist of aerospace engineering, software engineer, inventor, writer. Primary field of interest – deep space, robotic modelling, and 3D-printing. Manager for R&D projects at Miele.

An engineer with over 7 years of experience in aerospace, aviation, mobile. Developed equipment for the ISS, Spektr-UV, spaceships Yamal and GLONASS. Works at one of the factories within MIC.

Designing engineer in robotics and robotic systems with cumulative experience of about 14 years. Supervises development of radar complexes and technical documentation. Lead developer of a number of radio-electronic devices.

Unit Entrepreneur with software engineering background. Founder and lead engineer of the “Superfonarik” lab and a Russian maker of 3D-printers “ChipTriD”. Extensive experience in development of autonomous control systems.

Head of airspace laboratory at MTI, emergency rescuer. Develops autonomous unmanned aircrafts, performs launches of stratospheric probes. Winner of the Axe Apollo tender for a suborbital flight into space.

P.G. in Dynamics and Control of Rockets and Satellites in Flight from Bauman MSTU. Field of interests: design, propulsion, and control of aerial vehicles, software development.

Software engineer with over 5 years of experience in the field of cyber security. Currently is developing data protection systems for “ANKAD”.

Junior at MEPhI, specializes in automation and electronics of physics facilities. Organizer of lectures on astronautics.

Team lead at an advertising agency A-Promotion, head of marketing and PR department at spaceship manufacturer Yaliny.

Development and implementation of digital strategies at A-Digital. His birthday falls on the Cosmonautics Day.

We value your contribution to the project, and we want to express gratuity to as many supporters as possible with memorable gifts.

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Risks and challenges

1. During the test, we can see that a particular satellite subsystem requires changes or substitutions. Our team has all the necessary experts to modify the contents of the device.
2. After the satellite production, Roscosmos (the Federal Space Agency) may require some revision of the documentary part of the project, to allow boarding to the launch vehicle. Our Project Leader is in a close contact with the manager of the small spacecraft launches, so he can solve this situation.
3. Since we are an additional device on a board of the launch vehicle, the launch may be postponed. We know about this scenario and we are ready to help the rest of the apparatus to solve their problems, to reduce the launch date of the transfer.

Contact Information:

Alex Senchushkin

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