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TUBIN [TU Berlin]

TUBIN (TU Berlin Infrared Nanosatellite) is a nanosatellite project of the Technical University of Berlin to observe the earth in infrared.

The mission is to test an thermal infrared (TIR) earth observation payload using a micro-bolometer array on a TUBiX20 nanosatellite bus of TechnoSat heritage.

Since power and size limitations prove prohibitive to accommodating cooled HgCdTe infrared detectors on a nanosatellite, TUBIN will carry two uncooled microbolometer imagers. The cameras are used for determination of sea surface temperature and land surfaces brightness temperature. In addition, a third imager with sensitivity in the visible spectrum will complement the infrared payload. The ground resolution of the thermal images will be 170 m and the sensitivity 1.5 K. Due to the much smaller pixel size, the images of the visible spectrum camera will have a ground resolution of 40 m.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: TU Berlin
Contractors: TU Berlin
Configuration: TUBiX20 bus
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 1 year
Mass: 17 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TUBIN (Tubsat TBD) - 2020 with ?