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qbee50-LTU-OC (QB50 SE01)

qbee50-LTU-OC [LTU]

qbee50-LTU-OC is a Swedish 2U-CubeSat designed and produced by Open Cosmos Ltd for QB50 in collaboration with Luleć Tekniska Universitet (LTU) that provides integration, test and ground station facilities and support. The mission participates in the QB50 project.

It carries the FIPEX (Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment) of TU Dresden as the primary payload for the QB50 project, which is able to distinguish and measure the time-resolved behaviour of atomic and molecular oxygen as a key parameter of the lower thermosphere.

The QB50 project, which will demonstrate the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where the satellite was deployed on 17 May 2017.

Nation: Sweden
Type / Application: Technology, thermospheric research
Operator: Luleć Tekniska Universitet
Contractors: Luleć Tekniska Universitet, Open Cosmos
Equipment: FIPEX
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 401 km × 403 km, 51.64°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
qbee50-LTU-OC (QB50 SE01) 1998-067LR 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33