IT-SPINS (Spacebuoy, Ionospheric-Thermospheric Scanning Photometer for Ion-Neutral Studies )

IT-SPINS
IT-SPINS
IT-SPINS
Name IT-SPINS (Spacebuoy, Ionospheric-Thermospheric Scanning Photometer for Ion-Neutral Studies )
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Semi-operational? (Some communications issues due to spin but telemetry packets being received as per official website and should get better in the future as per CDW2022 presentation)
Launched 2021-02-20
NORAD ID 49017
Deployer NRCSD-E (External NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer)
Launcher Antares (NG-15) (Cygnus) (ELaNa 33)
Deployment Deployed from Cygnus on 2021-07-04
Organisation Montana State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Oneliner

Provide the first two-dimensional (2D) tomographic imaging addressing the basic nature of the nocturnal ionosphere.

Description

Provide the first two-dimensional (2D) tomographic imaging from a 3U research CubeSat, addressing the basic nature of the nocturnal ionosphere. Study how dominant O+ ions are lost to charge exchange with H and He atoms at the top of Earth’s ionosphere. This 6-month mission aims to strengthen our fundamental understanding for development of ion gradient structures in the topside of the Earth’s ionosphere and secondarily within regional phenomena such as equatorial plasma bubbles (EPBs) or polar patches.

Failure cause Communications issues, 1 in 50 attempts is successful. ADCS issues caused high spin.
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Last modified: 2022-12-29
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