OwlSat
Name OwlSat
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status not launched, expected in 2023
Organisation Rice University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa
Oneliner

Analyze the relationship between solar activity and the Earth's lower atmosphere by measuring ultraviolet radiation of the Sun.

Description

Scientific investigation that will analyze the relationship between solar activity and the Earth's lower atmosphere. It will record extreme ultraviolet (EVU) radiation measurements of the Sun, the satellite’s orbital velocity and orbital position to characterize how varying EUV values impact the orbital decay rate. The data will allow for more comprehensive predictions for orbiting bodies, such as space debris and small satellites.
Our ground station supports the enhancement of amateur radio as a means of technical self-training for young people by being integrated into Rice University’s amateur radio club. We will provide an exciting activity in which we encourage interest and participation, and support learning of the radio arts by the students. This will provide a means for the OWLSAT team to train amateurs in amateur satellite communication. This will lead to more involvement on and off-campus through training and events. The ground station will be networked to the SATNOGS global database and access system, to allow access to it for all SATNOGS users. Also, Owlsat will measure extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation and position, so that students can develop an orbital decay model that considers solar activity.

  1. Our ground station supports the “enhancement of amateur radio as a means of technical self-training for young people” by being integrated into Rice University’s amateur radio club. This will provide a means for the OWLSAT team to train amateurs in amateur satellite communication. This will immediately lead to more involvement on and off-campus through training and events.
  2. Our ground station will be joining an international community of receivers (SATNOGS) that are available for collection of any compatible transmission. We will be working with SATNOGS to develop transmitter capable stations that may provide access to transmit remotely.
  3. The science experiment supports the IARU’s mission statement of “promotion of technical and scientific investigation in the field of radiocommunication” as it may improve the prediction of orbits, and improve conjunction avoidance, which benefits amateur satellites. 
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Last modified: 2022-12-29
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