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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 are to be launched on Spaceflight Industry's SSO-A multi-satellite launch on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket. 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 - 2019 with ?, BeeSat 6, 7, 8
BeeSat 6 - 2019 with ?, BeeSat 5, 7, 8
BeeSat 7 - 2019 with ?, BeeSat 5, 6, 8
BeeSat 8 - 2019 with ?, BeeSat 5, 6, 7