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Class: Communications. Type: Amateur Radio. Nation: USSR. Agency: Aero Club de France, Reunion chapter. Manufacturer: Astronautical Federation of Russia, Kabardin-Balak.

Two subscale models of Sputnik 1, were built by students for hand-launch from Mir on fortieth anniversary of Sputnik 1. Sputnik-40 was launched by the Mir crew on a spacewalk in 1997. Progress M-40 delivered a more advanced version, Sputnik 41. On a spacewalk from Mir on November 10, Padalka and Avdeyev hand-launched the amateur-radio minisatellite. The PS models carried a small transmitter and were sponsored by Aero Club de France, AMSAT-France, and the Astronautical Federation of Russia. The second Sputnik-40 flight model was still aboard Mir as of 1998. The second Spoutnik-40 would perhaps be deployed prior to the abandonment of Mir in 1999.


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PS Model Chronology


05 October 1997 Sputnik-40 Program: Oscar. Launch Site: Baikonur . Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. Perigee: 369 km. Apogee: 378 km. Inclination: 51.6 deg.

Subscale model of the first Spuntik, hand-launched by Mir crew during an EVA. Transmitted radio signals.


10 November 1997 Sputnik-40

Two subscale models of Sputnik 1, were built by students for hand-launch from Mir on fortieth anniversary of Sputnik 1. Progress M-40 delivered a more advanced version, Sputnik 41. On a spacewalk from Mir on November 10, Padalka and Avdeyev hand-launched the amateur-radio minisatellite. The PS models carried a small transmitter and were sponsored by Aero Club de France, AMSAT-France, and the Astronautical Federation of Russia.


25 October 1998 Spoutnik-41 Program: Oscar. Launch Site: Baikonur . Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. Perigee: 313 km. Apogee: 318 km. Inclination: 51.7 deg.

On a space walk from Mir on November 10, Padalka and Avdeyev hand-launched the Spoutnik-41 amateur-radio mini-satellite at around 19:30 GMT. Spoutnik-41, also designated RS-18, was another scale model of the first satellite, Sputnik 1, launched 41 years ago. It carried a small transmitter and was sponsored by Aero Club de France, AMSAT-France, and the Astronautical Federation of Russia. A similar model was launched in 1997 for the fortieth anniversary of Sputnik. On that occasion, two flight models were carried to Mir but only one was launched. The second Spoutnik-40 flight model was still aboard Mir as of 1998. The second Spoutnik-40 would perhaps be deployed prior to the abandonment of Mir in 1999.



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