WARR move

The Munich Orbital Verification Experiment, MOVE for short, is the satellite technology group of WARR. We are developing a third-generation 6U CubeSat - the two predecessors First-MOVE and MOVE-II/MOVE-IIb have already been launched into space! Our current mission, MOVE-III, is launching a sensor (DEDRA), also developed by us, to detect and identify millimetre-sized space debris and micrometeorites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to verify theoretical space debris models. To this end, we are developing not only the sensor but also all of the satellite's other systems, from the power supply and communications systems to the magnetorquers that align the satellite using the Earth's magnetic field.

To be able to put our satellite through its paces during development, we regularly send the prototypes into the stratosphere - more than 30km upwards - using helium balloons as part of the MOVE program.

Footage from one of our balloon missions


The MOVE project was initiated with First-MOVE as a project for the PhD students of the Institute of Astronautics (LRT) under Prof. Ulrich Walter.

After First-MOVE, led by PhD students at LRT, was met with great enthusiasm among students, the second mission MOVE-II was launched in 2015. The necessary subsystems of the satellite were completed and tested by the students. The launch took place in December 2018 in California using a Falcon-9 rocket. Once launched, the satellite will be operated, also by students, from the Mission Control Room at LRT. The satellite's payload will study the behaviour of novel solar cells for the first time in space conditions. Following MOVE-II, MOVE-IIb, another satellite of the same design, was sent into space.

These missions are funded by the German Federal Ministry through the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The Team

MOVE consists of more than 60 students from all fields of study and all semesters - Master as well as Bachelor. Our team is building the satellite almost without the involvement of faculty members in the technical development process - this is unique in Germany! The project is divided into several teams, which deal with specific parts of the satellite. Both the design and the actual implementation are done by ourselves.

The teams are divided into Implementation Teams and Design Teams. Coordinated and directed by the Systems Engineering (SE) Team, the Design Teams develop systems to meet the requirements of a satellite and consider how to meet the challenges of space. Each design team is responsible for its own subsystem of the satellite.

  • ADCS (Attitude Determination and Control System) deals with how to accurately determine the position and direction of the satellite and point it so that the sensors and solar panels face in the right direction. Without this system our space debris satellite would become just that - space debris!
  • COM (Communications) is developing the communication system with which Mission Control will later be able to communicate with the satellite and it will not float around uncontrolled.
  • CDH (Command and Data Handling) is responsible for data evaluation and the autonomous behaviour of the satellite - the brains of the satellite, so to speak!
  • EPS (Electrical Power System) handles the solar cells, batteries and regulated power distribution. Without power, space is boring, so EPS has to monitor the power budget of the system down to the milli-Ampere!
  • PL (Payload) develops the Debris Density Retrieval and Analysis (DEDRA) sensor, the heart of the mission, which will catch and analyze millimetre-sized space debris particles.

As the name suggests, the Electrical Implementation, Software Implementation and Mechanical Implementation teams are responsible for turning the designs of the Design Teams into reality. They solder, program and 3D print all the components of the satellite, and test them so that they can be assembled ("integrated") into a prototype.

Of course, Mission Control must not be forgotten. MC is responsible for MOVE-II and MOVE-IIb, and later of course MOVE-III, and communicates daily with our satellites to keep them alive and well. Besides all these teams, there is also the Project Management (PM) team, which manages the project as a whole, and the PR team, responsible for our external presence and also for all the nice pictures here on this site.

A prototype of our satellite bus for the first balloon mission of 2021

Want to help?

Immer gerne doch! Jeder Student der TUM, LMU, oder einer anderen Hochschule im Großraum München kann bei uns ohne Weiteres mitmachen – egal, welche Studienrichtung, egal, wieviel Vorerfahrung. Schreib uns doch einfach eine E-Mail an satelliten@warr.de oder komm‘ Mittwochs bei uns am Lehrstuhl für Raumfahrttechnik (LRT) im Gebäude der Maschinenbau-Fakultät vorbei! Mehr Informationen gibt es auch bei uns auf unserer dedizierten Website: https://www.move2space.de/

We would love to work with you.

Best, the MOVE-Team.