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The students from the Tallinn University of Technology are preparing to send two nano-satellites into space, one called Koit (‘Dawn’) and the other Hämarik (‘Dusk’). Of the two satellites, Koit is integrated to the Soyuz rocket by Exolaunch GmbH in Germany. The rocket will be launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia on 5 July 2019. Hämarik is planned to be launched from the space centre at Kourou in French Guiana on 9 September 2019, it will be sent into orbit on a Vega rocket. The mission with which the student satellites will be tasked is primarily Earth Observation using color and near-infrared cameras.
The most important and innovative test for such small satellites will be the use of high-frequency data communications. The satellites have a small x-band radio transmitter and the ground station with a high-frequency parabolic antenna with a diameter of five meters is being set up in TalTech Mektory. Antenna construction is ongoing and is likely to be completed this summer. Also important will be tests of fail-safe computation architecture. In addition, the satellites have equipment for the testing of optical link and data communications security.
The satellites will communicate with the ground station that is due to go into operation this summer.

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05.07.2019

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    Satelliitide Koit ja Hämarik tutvustamise üritus 8. oktoobril

    TalTech satellite Koit (Dawn) was introduced to the Honorable Deputy Ambassador of Estonia in India!

    07.10.2019

    Here is an excerpt from an Indian local newspaper where Muhammad Shadab Khan, active TalTech satellite team member, introduced the TalTech satellite Koit (Dawn) Replica to the Honorable Deputy Ambassador of Estonia in India!

    TalTech Satellite Introduction event on 8 October 2019 at 1800-2000 in Mektory

    Dear Space Friends,

    07.10.2019

    You are invited to the TalTech Satellite Introduction event on 8 October 2019 at 1800-2000 in Mektory Innovation Hub (ground floor).

    Mektory Space Center has been developing TalTech own satellites for four years. Koit satellite has just launched and Hämarik is ready to be launched this winter. Students have played a key role in satellite development. There have been in total about 200 students who have participated in building satellites.

    Please register to the event: Link

    And please check our FB-site as well: facebook.com/satelliidiprogramm

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    TalTech's new generation student satellite Koit launched successfully.

    06.07.2019

    Withtin the sattellite programme, two satellites will be sent to the Earth's orbit: in July Koit and in September Hämarik. The main mission of the studentsatellites is to make pictures of earth and to send them to a dish on the roof of the Mektory building. A large amount of scientific experiments will also be made.

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    Studentsattellites Koit and Hämarik will be flown to orbit this very year.

    20.06.2019

    Withtin the sattellite programme, two satellites will be sent to the Earth's orbit: in July Koit and in September Hämarik. The main mission of the studentsatellites is to make pictures of earth and to send them to a dish on the roof of the Mektory building. A large amount of scientific experiments will also be made.

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    Datel is set to become the main sponsor of the TalTech satellites.

    03.06.2019

    Datel AS and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) have entered into an agreement for the development of image-processing and ground-based software for student satellites so as to ensure that the Earth’s surveillance data are mapped correctly.

    Background of the names of the satellites Koit (Dawn) and Hämarik (Dusk)

    The story behind satellites’ names is directly connected to an Estonian writer’s Friedrich Robert Faehlmann writing – „Dawn and Dusk“. It is a mythical artificial tale, which was first published in 1840 by the Learned Estonian Society. This writing has inspired many writers and poets. Because of its beautiful content it quickly became popular and was published in many other languages as well. Faehlmann is well-known by creating basis for other famous writers – even Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald’s Estonian National Epic „Kalevipoeg“is based on Faehlmann’s work.

    This is a Northern love story of Dawn and Dusk, where the Grandpa trusted Dusk to take care of extinguishing the Sun and Dawn to take care of lightening up the Sun again. There is only one night in the whole year, where Dawn and Dusk can meet by passing on the Sun. Still, Dawn and Dusk so different, yet so similar fell in love with each other and so it happens that every year only once, on Saint John’s Day (June Midsummer’s Day) Dawn and Dusk can meet and kiss each other.

    It is said, that if on that same night you find the blossom of a fern, you might get lucky as well!

    For choosing the name, several competitions were raised in 2015 and 2017, but not a single suitable name appeared. In 2019, it appeared that we are going to send two satellites instead of one up to the space. In 2019, from 5th to 6th October TTÜ100 Satellite Hackathon was held, where another name competition ended without finding the right name. Finally, after Hackathon Kristjan Tõnismäe joined the satellite team and proposed the names Dawn and Dusk – the right names had finally found the way to us.