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COMPASS 2 (DragSail-Cubesat, QB50 DE04)

COMPASS 2 DragSail-Cubesat [FH Aachen]

The COMPASS-2 or DragSail-Cubesat cubesat project is conducted at the Fachhochschule Aachen for educational purposes and technology demonstration.

COMPASS-2 will be a universal experimental satellite bus, providing the subsystems for the payloads such as electric power, data storage and handling, attitude control and communication. The center 1U module contains the satellite's avionics, while the two outer 1U payload boxes will offer companies and universities an easy way to test and validate their experiments in space.

One of the payloads is a deployable DragSail. This payload will increase the satellite’s drag ratio for a controlled re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.

The other payload will test inovative deployable thin film solar cells.

The satellite is one of two QB50 IOD satellites, which were to be launched on a Dnepr rocket on the QB50-DS flight. As the availability of Dnepr had become doubtful, they were transfered to an Indian PSLV-XL launch.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Fachhochschule Aachen
Contractors: Fachhochschule Aachen
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
COMPASS 2 (DragSail-Cubesat, QB50 DE04) - 2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2E, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, Venta 1, Blue Diamond, Green Diamond, Red Diamond, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, UCLSat, VZLUsat 1, D-Sat, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, SUCHAI, skCUBE, ?

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