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MOVE-III is a 6U-CubeSat of the third generation - two precursor models, First-MOVE and MOVE-II/MOVE-IIb, have already been launched into space. MOVE-III will carry a sensor developed by the students of WARR in conjunction with the Institute of Astronomic and Physical Geodesy (IAPG) of TUM. The sensor is called the DEbris Density Retrieval and Analysis (DEDRA) Sensor, which will detect and identify sub-millimeter space debris particles and micro-meteroids in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). It will verify theoretical space debris models, e.g. ESA's MASTER and DRAMA or NASA's ORDEM, and test them for accuracy.
The MOVE-III project also aims to with the aid of the experience gathered during the MOVE-II/MOVE-IIb missions develop a satellite bus. This bus will be adaptable to future missions and offer a platform that can, with minimal necessary changes, support a variety of CubeSat-sized payloads. This bus will form the basis for MOVE's future missions. In spring of 2022, the MOVE team completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the mission and currently works on the first prototype.
With the aid of stratospheric balloon missions, the team demonstrates its technology and tests it for functionality in cold and mechanically stressful environments. The balloons rise to over 35km in height. The team has successfully completed three balloon missions so far.