Satellite name Firefly
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2017-11-01. Was operational.
Launched 2013-11-20
NORAD ID 39404
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Minotaur I
Organization NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?
Partners National Science Foundation, Siena College, Hawk Institute for Space Sciences

Investigate Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs).


Investigate Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs). How are TGFs produced? Current evidence suggests production deep in the atmosphere, near the tops of thunderclouds. Another possibility, which may occur at the same time, is high-altitude production in the 30-80 km altitude range.

What types of lightning produce TGFs, and how do they differ from non-TGF lightning? How common ar the TFGs? How large an area do they cover? What effect do they have on the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space? To what extent do they represent a source of energetic electrons for the inner radiation belt?

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