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BIRD - A Microsatellite for Hot Spot Detection

Walter, I. and Brieß, K. and Heym, B. and Bärwald, W. and Lura, F. and Studemund, H. (1999) BIRD - A Microsatellite for Hot Spot Detection. In: Cheaper by the Dozen: The Move to Small Satellite Constellations, 10S.-. The 13th Annual AIAA/ Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, USA, August 23-26, 1999.

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Abstract

The BIRD mission of the German Aerospace Center shall demonstrate the scientific and technological value and the technical and programmatic feasibility of a remote sensing small satellite mission under low budget constraints. The payload - a new generation of cooled infrared detectors - is adapted to the mission objective - the investigation of hot spots caused by forest fires or volcanic activities completed by the diagnosis of vegetation conditions and changes. BIRD - the Bispectral Infra-Red Dectector - is a three-axis stabilised spacecraft within a volume of 0.21 m³ and a mass of 83 kg. In flight configuration with one fixed and two deployed solar panels, providing 40 W average and 200 W peak power, the spacecraft dimensions are 620 x 1600 x 620 mm³. Although compatible to several launchers due to the highly compact design, the launch is scheduled for mid 2000 as a piggy-back payload. To fit in this time scale a modular desing was chosen for parallel development, manufacturing and integration of all functional segments. The article gives an overview of the mission objectives and some of the main design aspects as well as shows the status of work of the space segment.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1999,
Title:BIRD - A Microsatellite for Hot Spot Detection
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Walter, I.UNSPECIFIED
Brieß, K.UNSPECIFIED
Heym, B.UNSPECIFIED
Bärwald, W.UNSPECIFIED
Lura, F.UNSPECIFIED
Studemund, H.UNSPECIFIED
Date:1999
Journal or Publication Title:Cheaper by the Dozen: The Move to Small Satellite Constellations
Page Range:10S.-
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, UNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites
Status:Published
Event Title:The 13th Annual AIAA/ Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, USA, August 23-26, 1999
Organizer:Utah State University
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Ute Dombrowski
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 18:17

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