MAROC-TUBSAT is the result of a cooperation of TU Berlin with CRTS (Centre Royal de Teledetection Spatial of Morocco). The cooperation was initiated by Karim Taha, a former student of Prof. Renner in 1995 who originates from Morocco. It is a microsatellite for earth observation and allows observation of any place in the world within 24h and can document events that change with time between 12h and 2 weeks. The camera has a focal length of 72mm and a field of view of about 8deg. Typical applications include ice movement, cartography or vegetation development.
The payload camera was developed in Morocco. The cooperation also included teaching Moroccan engineers satellite technology and design. On Dec. 10, 2001 the satellite was finally launched with the Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome into the sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 1000 km.
Small Satellites: Past, Present, and Future
TUBSAT: The Technical University of Berlin Satellite Program
The Aerospace Press, AIAA, Helvajian & Janson (Editors), 2008 (ISBN: 978-1-884989-22-3)
Flight Experience with the Micro Satellite Maroc-Tubsat
S. Roemer, U. Renner
54th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Sep. 29-3, 2003, Bremen, Germany
TUBSAT-C, A Microsat Bus for Earth Observation Payloads
P. Butz, U. Renner
3rd International Symposium, Small Satellites Systems and Services, June 1996, Annecy, France