Full Name Space Optical Communications Research Advanced Technology Satellite Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NICT Launch Date 24 May 2014
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 24 May 2019
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Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97.4 minutes
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 97.9 deg
Orbit Altitude 628 km Orbit Longitude
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Objectives and Applications The overall objective is to demonstrate and validate the operation of SOTA (Small Optical TrAnsponder), a laser communication system in space. The goal is to experiment with QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) techniques and to foster the application free-space optical communications (higher data rates than RF communications) in microsatellites and eventually in nanosatellites.
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