MORABA - Suborbital Space Flight with Research Rockets and Balloons

Technology Transfer

Over the course of time, MORABA developed mechanical and electrical flight systems – which were either difficult or impossible to acquire on the commercial market – in addition to the existing attitude control and parachute recovery systems.

Subsystems which were developed for sounding rockets were also successfully employed for orbital missions.

BIRD

Bi-Spectral Infra Red Detection – German Aerospace Center micro-satellite which can detect fires on Earth from their infrared radiation

  • Demonstration of innovative remote sensor technology for the detection of fires using micro satellites
  • Launch on 22.10.2001 in sun-synchronous orbit (572 km)
  • Scheduled service life: 1.5 years, End of Mission 2006

 

MORABA Involvement

  • Telemetry system
  • Telecommand encoder/decoder
  • RF system

EXPRESS

EXPeriment REentry Space System

  • Re-entry experiment and physical tests in micro gravity
  • Launch on 15 January 1995 in Kagoshima (Japan)
  • Scheduled seven-day orbit of the Earth and directed landing in Coober Pedy (Australia)

MORABA Involvement

  • As subcontractor for EADS development and provision of the on-board TT&C systems
  • Set-up of the mobile TM, TC and radar stations in Australia

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