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Compass 1


Designation 32787 / 08021E
Launch date 28 Apr 2008
Country of origin Germany
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 633 km, sun-synchronous
Inclination 98°
Period 97.4 min
Launch vehicle PSLV #13

Operated by Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

It's purpose is to let everyone take and download pictures of the earth from the unique point of view of a satellite in orbit.

External resources


sat-index articles

Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch < 1 kg
Dry mass  
Dimension 10 x 10 x 10 cm (cubesat)
Solar array  
Stabilization magnetometer + 5 analog sun sensors
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Also carries a Phoenix GPS developed by the German Space Center (DLR). During the testing phase, continuous measurements of the GPS receiver will be recorded over some defined time interval. This data will then be delivered to the DLR for evaluation of the GPS performance in orbit on board a CubeSat.

Telemetry on 437.405 MHz with 9600bps FSK AX.25 modulation
Telemetry on 437.275 MHz with CW mode

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