HARP (HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter)

Name HARP (HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational (Official news on 2020-05-12)
Launched 2019-11-02
NORAD ID 45256
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Antares (ELaNa 25) (NG-12)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2020-02-19
Organisation University of Maryland
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Oneliner Measure the microphysical properties of cloud water and ice particles and validate new polarimeter instrument.
Results The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat achieved “first light” on April 16. The tiny satellite sent back its very first image over Europe with bright splashes of colors defining clouds and aerosols, which are tiny particles in the atmosphere. HARP’s measurements help us better understand how clouds and aerosols impact weather, climate and air quality.
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Last modified: 2021-03-21
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