WindCube

WindCube
Name WindCube
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Organisation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Institution Institute
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Operator In-house?
Costs $6.5 million
Oneliner

Study the influence of thermospheric winds on the Earth’s ionosphere.

Description

Study the influence of thermospheric winds on the earth’s ionosphere. Its scientific payload is a limb viewing Fabry Pérot Interferometer (étalon) specially designed to fit into a 10cm x 10cm cross-sectional assembly. WindCube will make global maps of wind speed derived from the doppler shifted emission of the 630.0nm oxygen line (1D > 3P), at altitudes near 250km. Projected performance includes wind speed retrievals every 10 seconds with an accuracy of 5m/s, a vertical resolution of 63km, and a horizontal resolution of 100km.

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Last modified: 2022-12-29
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