The first launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome was made on 28 April in the presence of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin: carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" put into orbit the satellite "Mikhailo Lomonosov, AIST-2D" and SamSat-218Д.
It was later revealed that the satellite SamSat-218Д does not communicate. "Spacecraft since the launch of the can't communicate, it is most likely that after the launch he didn't," said the source.
According to the developers of spacecraft, satellite SamSat-218 is spinning too quickly, so he could take a signal.
"When the spacecraft was released directly into orbit, he too quickly unwound. He has a very light — weighs less than two pounds. As a result, his antenna does not have time to catch information, the satellite is rotating too quickly", — said the representative of the Samara University.
"On the spectrum present characteristic bands, indicating the efficiency of the apparatus, however, the background noise that signals it's almost silent, which may indicate the failure of its antenna," said a source "Interfax".
Satellite SamSat-218 is received sketchy signals in the Morse code on the background noise during the passage of the satellite above the receiving station. Scientists asked for the assistance of Amateurs in search of a signal.
Nanosatellite SamSat-218 is designed to address the technological and educational challenges. It should be applied to testing algorithms for the orientation control of nano-satellites. To manage the processes taking place on Board, scientists plan from a mobile device connected to the GlobalStar satellite communications system.