|Name||Zhixing-3A (, Zhixing-3 A, Zhixing No. 3 A Star)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||Operational (Official post on Smart Satellite website on 2022-12-01)|
|Deployer||Tianzhou CubeSat Deployment System|
|Launcher||Long March 7 (Tianzhou)|
|Deployment||Deployed from Tianzhou on 2022-11-14|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by Smart Satellite|
Technology demonstration for the SAR constellation.
At 1:56 on May 10, 2022, the Tianzhou-4 spacecraft carried the first commercial satellite, Zhixing-3A, into space. After quickly docking with the space station, the satellite was transferred to the on-orbit storage state. At 14:55 on November 9th, Tianzhou-4 withdrew from the space station complex and locked the 14th as the window for the safe release of satellites.
After more than 10 days of multi-station measurement and control confirmation, the satellite measurement and control uplink and downlink are normal, the energy on the satellite is sufficient and stable, and the thermal design meets expectations. The platform function tests such as independent attitude and orbit determination, ground/sun maneuvering, and station-to-station data transmission have been completed. Others New technology verification and load performance tests have also been completed one after another, and the satellite is currently in normal operation.
Through the Zhixing-3A satellite and the Zhixing-1A satellite that was already in orbit in the early stage, Zhixing Space has fully verified the overall design of the satellite, the design of satellite affairs and attitude control software, and the design capabilities of ground operation and control software. The engineering application of the launched Zhixing X series radar satellites has laid a solid foundation.
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