Artur Scholz, Wilfried Ley, Bernd Dachwald, Jiun-Jih Miau, Jyh-Ching Juang
Flight Results of the COMPASS-1 Picosatellite Mission
Acta Astronautica, Vol. 67, 2010, pp. 1289-1298


The mission of the COMPASS-1 picosatellite is to take pictures of the earth, to validate a space-borne GPS receiver developed by the German Aerospace Center, and to verify the proper operation of the magnetic attitude control system in orbit. The spacecraft was launched on April 28, 2008 from the Indian space port Sriharikota, as part of the PSLV-C9 world record launch that simultaneously brought ten satellites into orbit. The mission operations were carried out from the ground stations in Aachen and Tainan. Arising difficulties in the communication link were overcome with the support of individuals from the amateur radio community. After several months of mission operation, abundant housekeeping and mission data has been commanded, received and analyzed and is presented in this paper.