RAVAN XB3 (Radiometer Assessment Using Vertical Aligned Nanotubes, Ravan XB-3)

RAVAN XB3
Name RAVAN XB3 (Radiometer Assessment Using Vertical Aligned Nanotubes, Ravan XB-3)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational? (Science mission ended in August 2018, but operational as of February 2019)
Launched 2016-11-11
NORAD ID 41849
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Atlas V
Organisation Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Operator Blue Canyon
Launch brokerer Tyvak
Oneliner

Measure the absolute imbalance in the Earth's radiation budget using radiometer.

Description

Demonstrate technology needed to measure the absolute imbalance in the Earth's radiation budget for the first time, giving scientists valuable information to study our climate. Demonstrate a radiometer that is compact, low-cost, and low-uncertainty. The radiometer uses a gallium fixed-point black body as a built-in calibration source and a vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) absorber. VACNTs are the blackest known substance. Neither the VACNT nor gallium black body has ever been used in an orbiting scientific instrument. Successful demonstration will pave the way for a constellation Earth radiation budget mission that can provide valuable measurements needed to significantly advance our understanding of ongoing and future climate change.

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Keywords Globalstar or Iridium or Inmarsat

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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