Scientific research Satellite

ADLER-2 Scientific research satellite is a second-generation orbital space debris detector, which is the successor to the successfully launched ADLER-1 satellite. The cubesat 6U satellite is equipped with three instruments. ADLER-2 will help improve the efficiency of space debris detection. It also carries a payload for remote sensing, allowing the study of clouds and aerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Name of SatelliteADLER-2
PurposeEarth Science
ContractorSpire Global
Country of ContractorUSA
Launch Mass (kg.)12
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)497
Date of Launch15.04.2023
Launch SiteVandenberg AFB
Launch VehicleFalcon 9
COSPAR Number2023-054K
NORAD Number56187


Increased detection rate: ADLER-2 is expected to increase the detection rate of space debris by 80% through the use of a space debris detection radar with an increased antenna and detection range.

Increasing the number of observations: The satellite will double the number of recorded observations of space debris.

Remote sensing payload: ADLER-2 allows you to study clouds and aerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Continuation of the mission: The expected service life of the satellite in orbit is at least 1 year, after which it will burn up in the upper atmosphere.


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