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BeeSat 5, 6, 7, 8

BeeSat 5-8 [TU Berlin]

BeeSat 5 to 8 (Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite) is a pico satellite constellation project of the Technical University of Berlin for further development and verification of miniaturized components for distributed pico- and nanosatellite systems in the framework of the PiNaSys II program.

Essential functions of a distributed system are the communication and the relative navigation among the satellites. At TU Berlin a picosatellite swarm mission is developed consisting of the four 0.25U CubeSats BEESAT-5 to BEESAT-8 with a mass of 330 grams each. The picosatellites were designed fully redundant and almost complete single-fault tolerant.

The primary mission objective is to demonstrate a newly developed communications subsystem in the UHF band and an experimental GNSS receiver. Furthermore, the satellites contain a multifunction optical attitude determination sensor and are equipped with corner cube reflectors on all sides for laser ranging from ground.

The satellites will be launched at the beginning of 2018 into a sun-synchronous orbit. The four satellites fit together in a 1U CubeSat form factor space.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: TU Berlin
Contractors: TU Berlin
Configuration: CubeSat (0.25U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 0.3 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BeeSat 5 - 2018 with ?, BeeSat 6, BeeSat 7, BeeSat 8
BeeSat 6 - 2018 with ?, BeeSat 5, BeeSat 7, BeeSat 8
BeeSat 7 - 2018 with ?, BeeSat 5, BeeSat 6, BeeSat 8
BeeSat 8 - 2018 with ?, BeeSat 5, BeeSat 6, BeeSat 7