|Name||PICASSO (PICASSO-BEL, Pico-Satellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations)|
|Units or mass||3U|
|Status||Operational (Official post on social media on 2020-09-03)|
|Deployer||QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace]|
|Launcher||Vega (Small Satellite Mission Service)|
|Organisation||Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy and the Royal Observatory of Belgium.|
|Entity||Government (Civil / Military)|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by AAC Clyde Space|
|Operator||AAC Clyde Space|
|Partners||Clyde Space, VTT, CSL, Tekes|
Retrieve vertical profiles of ozone via Sun occultation and study the ionosphere.
Measure ozone distribution in the stratosphere, estimate the temperature profile up to the mesosphere, and characterise the plasma in the ionosphere.
Demonstrate a scientific capacity for atmospheric remote sensing with VISION (the hyper-spectral imager) and in situ measurements with SLP (Sweeping Langmuir Probe). This capacity is also strategic for planetary exploration. 2 scientific experiments for Earth observation. VISION, to retrieve vertical profiles of ozone and t°, via Sun occultation. SLP, to study the ionosphere (e-, ions and t°).
Sweeping Langmuir Probe will measure electron density and temperature in the plasma around the satellite. Ozone in the high atmosphere is critical for life on Earth as it shields the Sun's UV radiation, so accurate and timely information about its density is critical for humanity. PICASSO aims to show that such measurements can be successfully done with very small satellites.
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