RADSAT-SK Satellite

Spacecraft RADSAT-SK (IDRSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Reentry 2023-11-07. No signal (No news found after launch. no reports found on SatNOGS, LinkedIn or Twitter. Object not identified in Space-Track as of 2023-10-31. Confirmed in a presentation to NASA on 2023-11-15.)
Launched 2023-06-05
NORAD ID 57314 ?
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-28)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2023-07-06
Entity name University of Saskatchewan
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country Canada
Partners Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SK), University of Alberta, SED Systems, Innocorps Research Corporation (SK)

Study how materials degrade in space by studying material changes in colour, texture, brittleness, and electrical conductivity.


RADSAT-SK has three technical objectives, the first being the validation and testing of a new type of radiation dosimeter being developed by faculty at the College of Engineering. This new type of sensor is much smaller and cheaper than current space-grade dosimeters.

Along with the dosimeter we will also be testing the use of high-concentration melanin as a radiation shield in space. This research is also being conducted at the U of S by faculty at the college of pharmacology. Lastly, RADSAT-SK will have an earth-imaging camera on-board in the hope that our team can capture some images of Saskatchewan from space that we can share with the province.

Study how materials degrade in space by looking at how useful construction materials are affected by extreme temperatures, radiation, and space debris in low Earth orbit, and by studying material changes in colour, texture, brittleness, and electrical conductivity. The results of the study could lead to more cost-efficient solutions for the space sector.


Late 2023 - no contact with RADSAT-SK yet. Sill trying to talk with RADSAT-SK.

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On the same launch

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