The satellite was launched by a Cyclone rocket SL-14 at the launch pad Plesetsk (Russia). The inclination of the orbit is 83 degrees and the altitude about 500km. This orbit permits observational periods until 20 days without interruption by entering the Earth's shadow. (s.a. mission orbital data)
Project Scientist: V.N Oraevsky, Director of IZMIRAN
The Payload is designed by some Russian institutes.
The Scientific Telemetry System (SSNI) is designed by the IZMIRAN too.
Two ground stations will take care for secure and more data reception. In Neustrelitz (Germany) will be only data reception. They received first signals August 7, at about 9 o'clock MET. The ground station at IZMIRAN (Russia, Troitsk near Moscow) will receive data and uplink commands to the satellite to tune the experiments on it.
At the Solar Observatory Einsteinturm of the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam investigations about global solar oscillations will be done using the data from the experiment DIFOS-M in cooperation with scientists from IZMIRAN. Look here for a more technical description.
This project is encouraged by the DLR .