Studying plasma dynamics and space weather in the equatorial, low latitude ionosphere
TRABANT mission is the Russian-Hungarian space experiment led by IKI (the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and will consist of two microsatellites, each of about ~75 kg. The two satellites following the same orbit with a spatial separation of 0.1-100 km will study the spatial and temporal variations of space weather and the equatorial ionosphere as their major scientific aims.

Hungarian ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University) in cooperation with BHE (Bonn Hungary Electronics Ltd.) is responsible for the Wave Instrument for which the EP-T Boom will be used. Astronika was asked to design, manufacture, test and finally deliver eight flight models of EP-T Boom – deployable boom extending the electric measuring probe 2.2m away from the spacecraft main body. For this purpose, Astronika proposed the lightest technology known to the company and fulfilling challenging requirements, namely the tubular boom technology, being a perfect solution for the application in small satellites which require particularly light and compact designs.

The dimensions of EP-T Boom equipped with a measuring sensor and associated harness are 68 x 60 x 174mm and its total mass is 350g. Final delivery is planned for April 2023.