Name UCAnFly
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status not launched, expected in 2023
Organisation University of Cadiz
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Spain
Launch brokerer ESA Education Office

Measure magnetic fields with low noise using shielded magnetoresistive sensors to test emerging technologies for space-based gravitational wave detectors


Explore the feasibility of novel magnetic measurement systems for space missions requiring tiny sensors and long-integration time, such as space-borne gravitational wave detectors mainly based on laser interferometry, but also in cold-atom precision interferometry. Space observatories for gravitational waves, such as LISA, are equipped with dedicated on-board instrumentation capable of measuring magnetic fields with low-noise conditions at millihertz frequencies. The reason behind this is that the core scientific payload only works if the magnetic environment meets certain strict low-frequency requirements. For this purpose, a compact payload able to achieve the demanding low-frequency magnetic requirements for LISA will be developed for a 1U-CubeSat, which will make it possible to improve the technology readiness level (TRL) of the instrument. Thus, the UCAnFly CubeSat will allow the in-flight low-frequency noise characterization of the system and make it possible to measure the capability of the instrument under harsh space environment.

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