Sunstorm (XFM Cube, XFM CubeSat, Sunstorm-1, Sun-Storm)

Name Sunstorm (XFM Cube, XFM CubeSat, Sunstorm-1, Sun-Storm)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Operational (Official post on website as of 2021-08-26)
Launched 2021-08-17
NORAD ID 49068
Deployer PSL / PSL-P (Picosatellite Launcher) [Astrofein]
Launcher Vega (VV19)
Organisation ESA (European Space Agency)
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation Finland
Manufacturer AIVT by Reaktor Space Lab
Oneliner Solar X-ray Flux Monitor to monitor solar x-ray flares.
Results The SUNSTORM satellite’s XFM instrument is capable of measuring high-energy electrons and detected even a 10 times higher electron flow values than normally in the SUNSTORM satellite’s 540 km high orbit well in advance of the geomagnetic storm which hit the Starlinks. In short, the satellite’s measurements showed that the eruption in question was both exceptionally long-lasting and clearly more energetic than normally. These properties are not detected with currently used instruments. This added information would have been crucial in predicting the magnitude of the upcoming geomagnetic storm.
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Last modified: 2022-05-22
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