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SamSat-QB50 (QB50 RU01)

SamSat-QB50 [SSAU]

SamSat-QB50 is a 2U-CubeSat being developed by the Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU) flying a science unit with the FIPEX (Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment) sensor for QB50 and an aerodynamic stabilisation experiment.

The main design idea of the SamSat-QB50 is using atmospheric influence for obtaining needed orientation. For achieving this goal the satellite has a deployable aerodynamic stabilizer providing aerodynamic stability and hysteresis rods for oscillation energy dissipation.

As a payload for QB50, the satellite carries the Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment (FIPEX) of TU Dresden, which is able to distinguish and measure the time-resolved behaviour of atomic and molecular oxygen as a key parameter of the lower thermosphere. Atomic oxygen is the dominant species in these regions and therefore its measurement is crucial in the validation of atmosphere models.

The satellite will be launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where they will be deployed.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Samara State Aerospace University
Contractors: Samara State Aerospace University
Equipment: FIPEX
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SamSat-QB50 (QB50 RU01) - 20xx with ?

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