|Name||PetitSat (Plasma Enhancements in The Ionosphere-Thermosphere Satellite)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||Reentry 2023-04-10. Was operational? (Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-29 and press release on 2023-02-01)|
|Deployer||NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]|
|Launcher||Falcon 9 (CRS-26) (ELaNa 49)|
|Deployment||Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-29|
|Organisation||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Entity||Government (Civil / Military)|
|Partners||Utah State University, Boston University, Virginia Tech|
Provide in-situ measurements of plasma density, 3D ion drift, as well as ion and neutral composition.
Study density irregularities in the mid and low-latitude ionosphere. Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer, or INMS — the world’s smallest mass spectrometer. Gridded Retarding Ion Drift Sensor.
petitSat is a GSFC 6U CubeSat led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jeffrey Klenzing. The mission is funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Division. It is a collaboration that includes Utah State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Boston University.
petitSat will also be incorporating a technology demonstration of an impulse control system utilizing ion thrusters that was developed internally at GSFC. This demonstration will be conducted once the mission's science objectives have been met.
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