CIRiS Satellite

Satellite name CIRiS (Compact Infrared Radiometer in Space, CIRIS-BATC)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Reentry 2023-03-14. Was operational? (Presentation on 2020-06-23 last checked 2020-12-27)
Launched 2019-12-05
NORAD ID 45121
Deployer Slingshot / Equalizer [SEOPS]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-19) (SEOPS-2)
Deployment Deployed from Cygnus on 2020-02-01
Organization Utah State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Headquarters US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Launch brokerer SEOPS, Spaceflight
Partners NASA, Ball Aerospace

Demonstration mission of an imaging radiometer instrument for the 7 to 13 um infrared wavelength range


Technology demonstration mission of an imaging radiometer instrument for the 7 to 13 um infrared wavelength range. It will raise the technology readiness level of the new uncooled detector and carbon nanotube source from level 5 to 6, enabling future reduced cost missions to study the hydrologic cycle, characterization of ocean/atmosphere interactions vegetation and land use management.

Uncooled imaging infrared (7.5 um to 13 um) radiometer designed for high radiometric performance from LEO on a Cubesat spacecraft. Design is based on a Ball aircraft-mounted instrument with modifications to improve radiometric uncertainty in the space environment. A high emissivity blackbody source coated with carbon nanotubes reduces error in on-board calibration. Will enable constellations of simple, inexpensive Cubesats to replace larger more complex instruments for multiple applications in scientific research and land use management.

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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Blue Canyon
On the same launch

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