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DTUSat 1


DTUSat (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Satellite) is a picosatellite designed and built by students from the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. The main payload of DTUsat is an electrodynamic tether for dumping the satellite. The tether is deployed using a novel yo-yo system, greatly simplifying construction and deployment. A calibrated test transmitter is flown as secondary payload. The satellite is 3-axis stabilized using magnetorquers, while attitude determination is done by a combination of a 3-axis magnetometer and 5 chip scale dual-axis sun angle sensors designed and built for this satellite. The mass of each sun angle sensor including supporting electronics is only 3 g. All flight electronics is designed using modern 3.3 V CMOS integrated circuits, lowering total power consumption to about 400 mW while providing about 10 MIPS for application software.

In order to structure and evaluate the success of the project,the team has set 10 success criteria for DTUsat.

  • To learn something
  • To document the process
  • To promote engineering and science education
  • To receive data from the satellite in orbit
  • To uplink commands and upload software
  • To receive data on the chip scale sun sensors
  • To gain full 3-axis attitude control
  • To return pictures of the earth
  • To deploy the tether
  • To lower the satellite orbit using the tether.

DTUSat 1 was successfully launched by a Rokot-KM booster, but contact with the satellite was never established, the exact reason for this remains unclear. The mission was therfore a failure.

Nation: Denmark
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Contractors: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 817 km × 829 km, 98.73
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DTUSat 1 2003-031C 30.06.2003 Pl LC-133/3 Rokot-KM with MOST, MIMOSA, CanX 1, AAU-Cubesat, XI-IV, CUTE 1, QuakeSat, Monitor-E GVM


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