At the Samara National Research University, Russian scientists are upgrading the Aist satellite by changing the engines’ power supply network to minimize malfunctions due to power surges. The university press stated this development.
The press explained that Samara National Research University started an upgrade of the power system of the Aist satellite to improve performance and thrust force. The upgrade will inform a software infusion into the system to monitor the components’ functionality and gauge the elements’ lifetime.
A postgraduate design engineering student came up with the proposition after envisaging that this challenge could threaten the satellite’s operation. Maxim Ivanushkin said that he noticed the satellite’s operation was hinging on the power supply system technology.
Maxim decided to manufacture a program that infuses the analogy of power monitoring to improve performance and scale up the process of identifying components that need replacement. He explained that the proposition covers all the other details of the previous Aist satellite version.
Maxim hopes that his projection can solve the battery degradation problem, storage, and utilization of renewable energy if they run out of power. He added that the other spacecraft would have added advantages to the previous ones like durability and versatility, preventing catastrophic accidents.
The new model will have software that links its communication details to those of the ground control and inform the mass production of its type once it proves efficiency. Ivanushkin explained that the software developed makes the spacecraft flexible for adjustments allowing research and development engineers to make amendments where it is necessary.
The proposal passed all the tests making the student the newest winner of the UMNIK program and receiving financial help from the Innovation Promotion Fund to pilot the project implementation process.
Initially, the Aist satellite was a project by the Samara National Research University students to test their rocket development engineering skills. Currently, the satellite is operational and projects to conduct the other versatile operations that satellites perform, like monitoring Earth’s magnetism and testing solar batteries’ performance to run the engines in space.
To conclude, the Aist program has been developing advanced satellites for Earth-imaging and observational purposes. Progress Center, where the project is operating, announced that they are developing other satellites for optical imaging on Earth. If the research at this center continues, the engineers will develop more advanced components to replenish the worn out parts.