Name SORTIE (Scintillation Observations and Response of The Ionosphere to Electrodynamics)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational (Smallsat 2020)
Launched 2019-12-05
NORAD ID 45264
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-19)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2020-02-19
Organisation ASTRA (Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates)
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Oneliner Advance understanding of ionospheric irregularities and the roles of various drivers in their formation.
Results Checkout of observatory functionality (e.g., pointing, communications, power generation, thermal stability, heater functionality) has been completed. Prior to the commencement of nominal operations, the science team is completing the check-out phase of the science sensor performance, followed by commissioning. The uPLP is operating nominally. The IVM is operating nominally. The following highlights the activity of the IVM team to date as part of the checkout (early ops) phase.
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