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Stable in Zero Gravity

New Boom System for Satellites Tested

TU Berlin/ Secr. F6

Scientists from TU Berlin's Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are developing a stabilization system for nanosatellites. In the context of a parabolic flight campaign initiated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), TU researchers tested this mechanism in a parabolic flight aircraft, which was able to achieve weightlessness on the basis of a special flight maneuver. The experiment was a great success: the boom system will be demonstrated in orbit for the first time in 2015 as part of TU Berlin's TechnoSat Mission.

TechnoSat is a small satellite weighing approximately 20 kilograms. It is designed to orbit the earth at an altitude of approximately 600 kilometers and will serve as a test platform for various technical systems, including the newly developed boom system.
A further goal of the TechnoSat Mission is to develop and deploy the adaptive and reusable nanosatellite bus TUBiX20. This project aims to profit from, and build on the experience gathered in the context of the picosatellite missions BEESAT-1 and BEESAT-2.
Satellites of the BEESAT series (Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite) have been under development at TU Berlin since 2005 and are among the smallest satellites anywhere in the world, weighing only one kilogram in terms of total mass. With the blast-off of TU Berlin's ninth and tenth satellites in April of 2013, and with more than 40 years of orbital experience to its credit, TU Berlin is leading the world in the area of university satellite missions.


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