MOVE-II is a small satellite which was launched into space in December 2018. MOVE is short for Munich Orbital Verification Experiment. Satellites of the size of only about 10x10x10 cm and of a weight of less than 1.33 kg are also called CubeSats.
On these kinds of satellite missions most of the time new technologies are tested, to be used later in bigger space flight missions. They're also great for training students due to their small size and low cost.
A CubeSat harbors the same systems a bigger space craft does. This includes power supply, airborne computer, communication, attitude control and payload. All systems need to work together perfectly, any error
not fixed by the launch might prove fatal for the mission - a pit stop is not possible at 500 km altitude and a speed of 7000 m/s. Our team of 70 students, composed of mechanical and elctrical engineers,
computer scientists and physicists, builds the satellite with virtually no involvement of personnel from the research chair - which makes us unique in germany!
After the first MOVE Mission garnered much enthusiasm among students, the second Mission, MOVE-II, was commenced in 2015. As of today, the required subsystems have been completed and tested by the students.
The Launch was on the third of December in 2018 from California, onboard a Falcon-9 rocket. Operation of the satellite after launch is performed by students from the Mission Control Room at the chair for aerospace technology (LRT).
It's payload investigates the performance of a new kind of photovoltaic cells for the first time in the environment of space. This mission is funded by the german aerospace center (DLR).