REAL (Relativistic Electron Atmospheric Loss)

REAL (Relativistic Electron Atmospheric Loss)
Satellite name REAL (Relativistic Electron Atmospheric Loss)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher Firefly Alpha, (ELaNa 43)
Organization Trustees of Dartmouth College
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Country US
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa

Characterize the loss of particles from Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts.


Characterize different modes of atmospheric loss by making high time resolution measurements of the electron pitch angle and energy distributions.

REAL will carry an energetic particle instrument that is sensitive to both electrons and protons. From its vantage point in low-Earth orbit, REAL will point its instrument along Earth’s magnetic field to measure radiation belt particles as they enter the atmosphere.

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Last modified: 2023-11-04

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