SORTIE
SORTIE
SORTIE
SORTIE
SORTIE
Name SORTIE (Scintillation Observations and Response of The Ionosphere to Electrodynamics)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Reentry 2022-09-18. Was 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 Orion Space Solutions (ASTRA, Atmosphericc & Space Technology Research Associates)
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Orion Space Solutions
Operator Orion Space Solutions
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Oneliner

Advance understanding of ionospheric irregularities and the roles of various drivers in their formation.

Description

Advance understanding of ionospheric irregularities and the roles of various drivers in their formation in order to improve predictive capabilities. The purpose is to collect data over the course of 6 months, which will allow scientists to describe the distribution of wave-like structures in the plasma density of the ionospheric F-region and to connect these variations to wave sources in the troposphere and in the high latitude thermosphere. Carry two instruments for determining the structure of equatorial plasma: a miniature Ion Velocity Meter (mini-IVM) and a micro Planar Langmuir Probe (μPLP).

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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Last modified: 2023-01-06
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