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- © TU Berlin
MAROC-TUBSAT is the result of a cooperation of TU
Berlin with CRTS (Centre Royal de Teledetection Spatial of Morocco).
The cooperation was initiated by Karim Taha, a former student of Prof.
Renner in 1995 who originates from Morocco. It is a microsatellite for
earth observation and allows observation of any place in the world
within 24h and can document events that change with time between 12h
and 2 weeks. The camera has a focal length of 72mm and a field of view
of about 8deg. Typical applications include ice movement, cartography
or vegetation development.
The payload camera was developed in Morocco. The cooperation also included teaching Moroccan engineers satellite technology and design. On Dec. 10, 2001 the satellite was finally launched with the Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome into the sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 1000 km.
|| Earth Observation (ice movement, cartography,
Technology Demonstration (ACS star sensor, low cost imaging mission)
|| Dec. 10, 2001 (Russian Zenit), Operational
|| Sun-synchronous, altitude 1000km, inclination 99.4deg
|| 47kg, 32cmx34cmx36cm
|| 4 aluminum compartments
| Thermal Control
|| 4 NiH2 battery cells, 12Ah, 10V
4 silicon solar panels (single string of 34 cells, max. 14W)
|| TTC: VHF (FFSK, 1200baud, 5W), UHF (FFSK, 1200baud,
Payload: S-Band (max. 250kBaud, 2W RF, BPSK modulation)
| Attitude Control
|| 3 wheel/gyros pairs, magnetorquer
3-axis magnetic field sensor, star sensor, sun sensor
|| Focal length 72mm, pixel resolution 32m (f/6, bw image)
Flight Results: Greece
- Stitched Image of Greece and Turkey. Images have been collected between December 2002 and March 2003.
- © TU Berlin
Small Satellites: Past, Present, and Future
TUBSAT: The Technical University of Berlin Satellite Program
The Aerospace Press, AIAA, Helvajian & Janson (Editors), 2008
Flight Experience with the Micro Satellite Maroc-Tubsat
S. Roemer, U. Renner
54th International Astronautical Congress of the International
Astronautical Federation, Sep. 29-3, 2003, Bremen, Germany
TUBSAT-C, A Microsat Bus for Earth Observation Payloads
P. Butz, U. Renner
3rd International Symposium, Small Satellites Systems and Services,
June 1996, Annecy, France