The MOVE-II team welcomes you to our new website! MOVE-II (Munich Orbital Verification Experiment II) is a nanosatellite (CubeSat) under development at TU Munich (TUM) as a follow-on to the First-MOVE mission, with launch currently expected in late 2017. About 30 Bachelor and Master students are currently working on the satellite mostly in their free time, with one Phd student as full-time project manager. MOVE-II is a cooperation between the Institute of Astronautics (Lehrstuhl für Raumfahrttechnik, LRT) and the student group WARR, which has more than 50 years of experience with spaceflight and rocketry projects. You can read more about it here (if you speak German).
Our mission is funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as an educational project, and our goal is to develop a satellite capable of supporting a scientific payload with challenging requirements. As a reference to define the requirements of such a payload, we are using a particle detector currently under development at the Physics department of our university. Our satellite will be capable of supporting this instrument with power and computing capabilities, but we will not fly it on MOVE-II. Instead, the goal of our mission is to test and verify the so-called satellite bus, meaning all parts of the satellite required to run the payload. On MOVE-II, this includes communications, on-board data handling, the attitude control system, the power supply system, the structure and the thermal control system.
You can learn more about the different subsystems by clicking the “about us” button at the top of this page. This blog will be updated weekly (likely every Friday) with reports by individual team members describing what they are currently working on, so expect a broad selection of topics including electronics design, thermal simulation and mechanism testing. Stay tuned and follow us on the road to space!