SamSat-218/D (Kontact-Nanosputnik)

Spacecraft name SamSat-218/D (Kontact-Nanosputnik)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2022-03-04. Was semi-operational? (Lack of reports with telemetry. Maybe fragmentary data but unknown if correct satellite. Last SatNOGS reports 2019-04-12, but suspicious data)
Launched 2016-04-28
NORAD ID 41466
Deployer SRC-POD (Space Rocket Centre Progress JSC)
Launcher Sojuz-2-1a
Organisation Samara University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Headquarters Russia

Demonstration of navigation and control technologies.


The main objective of this satellite is a demonstration of navigation and control technologies. Researches aimed at improving of performance reliability of equipment will make space experiments more efficient.


“Currently, fragmentary Morse code signals are being heard coming from the nanosatellite, against the background of the noise during the satellite’s pass over the receiving station,” Interfax said in a press release.

“There are currently no sufficient grounds to believe the nanosatellite established contact. There were fragmentary weak signals at the frequency of 145.870 MHz against a background of noises when the nanosatellite was in the area of [radio visibility] of the ground control center, which can’t be with confidence interpreted as signals from the satellite,” Igor Belokonov, the head of the SamSat-218 project told TASS.

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Last modified: 2023-12-16

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