HaloSat Satellite

Spacecraft name HaloSat (Halo-Sat)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Reentry 2021-01-04. Was operational (Public news 2018-08-18 checked on 2019-05-26)
Launched 2018-05-21
NORAD ID 43549
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Antares
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2018-07-13
Entity name University of Iowa
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Launch brokerer Nanoracks

Map the distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way by measuring soft X-ray emissions.


Map the distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way and determine whether it fills an extended halo or the halo is compact with no contribution to the total mass of the galaxy. Measure soft X-ray emissions from the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Map O VII and O VIII line emission to look at Milky Way to see if we have a massive, extended, hot halo. Amptek X‐ray detectors. Measure the oxygen emission in 400 fields over 90% of the sky. Study solar wind charge exchange emission to remove uncertainty on the oxygen line emission measurements.

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