|Name||AMICal Sat (AMICALSAT)|
|Units or mass||2U|
|Status||Operational (Official post on social media and SatNOGS dashboard as of 2020-09-24)|
|Launcher||Vega (Small Satellite Mission Service)|
|Organisation||CSUG-IPAG (Univ. Grenoble Alpes)|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by SatRev|
|Partners||Moscow State University, SINP|
Observation of the northern and southern lights. Auroral Sparse RGB imaging. Limb and Nadir sighting.
Take pictures of the Northern light in order to reconstruct the particle precipitation into the polar atmosphere. The payload is a very compact, ultra-sensitive wide filed imager (f=23mm, aperture f/1.4). The images will be public, allowing a large community to get auroral images from space. Space weather is a domain which has multiple application especially for radio communication. Northern light are one effect of the particles coming from the sun into the atmosphere through the magnetosphere. They are thus a good “tracer” of ionospheric phenomenon.
The AMICal Sat proposes to register calibrated pictures of the aurora in order to get the vertical profile of the aurora and to map the part of the auroral oval which will be visible from the satellite. It will give information on the ionosphere state and particle precipitations which can perturb technological systems especially radio communication in these regions.
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