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MaqSat B2

MaqSat B2 [Arianespace]

The 3.5 t payload MAQSAT-B2 (Maquette Satellite - Bas 2) was designed to represent a commercial passenger, but also served as technology platform for several European experiments.

MaqSat B2 carried Sloshsat-FLEVO (a Dutch micro-satellite researching on fluid behavior inside a tank), Boucle-Fluide (a French heat pipe experiment), DVCAM (a French autonomous camera system monitoring key events of the launch) and a Telemetry Assembly (TMA). Development and manufacturing of TMA were also part of Kayser-Threde's responsibilities. TMA acquires environmental data of approximately 60 sensors on Ariane-5ECA, on MAQSAT and in Boucle-Fluide, and transmits it online to Ariane ground stations for a period of 3 hours after lift-off.

Nation: Europe
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: Arianespace
Contractors: Kayser-Threde
Equipment: DVCAM (2 cameras), Boucle-Fluide-Experiment
Configuration: 2.6 m × 3.6 m cylinder attached to Ariane upper stage
Propulsion: None
Power:
Lifetime: 3.5 hours
Mass: 3622 kg
Orbit: 255 km × 36092 km, 6.76
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MaqSat B2 2005-005D 12.02.2005 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with XTAR-EUR, Sloshsat-FLEVO
Further MaqSat missions: