SPARCS
SPARCS
SPARCS
Name SPARCS (Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Organisation Arizona State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Oneliner

Monitor the flares and sunspots of small stars to assess habitability of orbiting planets.

Description

Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat (SPARCS) is devoted to photometric monitoring of M stars in the far-ultraviolet (UV) and near-UV, measuring the time-dependent spectral slope, intensity and evolution of M-star stellar UV radiation. SPARCS will continually observe each selected target over at least one complete stellar rotation (5-45 days). SPARCS will also advance UV detector technology by flying high quantum efficiency (QE), UV-optimized detectors developed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Sudy the environment in other solar systems around the Galaxy's most common type of star. Monitor the flares and sunspots of small stars to assess how habitable the space environment is for planets orbiting
Scientific investigation mission to monitor the flares and stellar activity of small M-type stars, or red dwarfs, in the far- and near-ultraviolet region. Studying and understanding the environments of these stars can help assess the evolution and habitability of their space environment for planets in orbit.

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Last modified: 2022-12-29
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