THE DLR-TUBSAT-SVALSAT-UNIS EXPERIMENT

Fred Sigernes 1, Udo Renner 2, Stephan Roemer 2, Reidar Nordheim 3, Frank Johannessen 3, Veronika Ekstrand 3,  and Sten-Christian Pedersen 3

1 University Courses on Svalbard (UNIS), Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Norway.
2 Technical University of Berlin, Institute of Aerospace,
Marchstr. 12, D-10587 Berlin, GERMANY.
3 SVALSAT, Box 458, N-9171 Longyearbyen, NORWAY.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study is to use the DLR-TUBSAT satellite from the SVALSAT down link station at Svalbard, Norway. TUBSAT is a joint project with the Technical University in Berlin (TUB) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The satellite has successfully operated since it was launched as a piggy-back on 26 May 1999 from Shiharikota with the Indian Polar Spacecraft Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The micro satellite is designed for interactive earth observation where the target is not clearly identified in advance. Through the course AGF-330: "Advanced spectroscopy and Remote Sensing" at the University Courses on Svalbard (UNIS), the first tests from SVALSAT have been performed to download data from the satellite in polar orbit. Images of the mining town Svea located in the Van Mijen fjord in Svalbard have been clearly identified, even with the satellite orbiting in an un-stabilized / spinning mode.