Spacecraft RAX-2 (Radio Aurora Explorer-2)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Was operational until 2013-04-20.
Launched 2011-10-28
NORAD ID 37853
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Delta II
Organisation University of Michigan
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Cal Poly
Partners SRI

Investigate causes of upper atmospheric/ionospheric plasma turbulence by studying large plasma formations.


Investigate causes of upper atmospheric/ionospheric plasma turbulence. Study large plasma formations in the ionosphere, the highest region of our atmosphere. These plasma instabilities are known to spawn magnetic field-aligned irregularities (FAI), or dense plasma clouds known to disrupt communication between Earth and orbiting spacecraft.

Failure cause Both radios are inactive and the silence is caused by an upstream anomaly on the flight computer or power system.
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