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Optical sensing of atmospheric emissions with Cubesats and Nanosats
Author(s): Gary Swenson; Purvesh Thakker; Farzad Kamalabadi; Mathew Frank; Victoria Coverstone; Hank Voss
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Paper Abstract

Small satellites and payloads in the (1-2 kg) class called Cubesats and (20-30 kg) called Nanosats have been under development at the University of Illinois since fall, 2001. The ION1 Cubesat was a 10x10x21.5 cm3 satellite with the experiment consisting of photometric remote sensing of mesospheric structures (near 94 km) in the O2 (0,0) band airglow at 762 nm. ION1 development began in 2001 and was lost on the failed launch attempt, July 26, 2006. ION2 development began in Fall 2005, and has a remote sensing experiment to measure Hα (656.3 nm) originating in the Earth's geocorona from which column H densities can be deduced. Taylor University has led the development of a Nanosat called TEST, which was designed to study ionospheric structures. Illinois provided remote sensing payloads including a CCD camera and dual photometers. The development activity is largely implemented by a College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Design class (ENG 491), where students typically participate in the systems engineering experience for two semesters. The students (15-20 average enrollment) are responsible for the design, fabrication, and testing of the systems. This paper describes the development of these Cubesat and Nanosat systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 655506 (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722662
Show Author Affiliations
Gary Swenson, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Purvesh Thakker, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Farzad Kamalabadi, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Mathew Frank, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Victoria Coverstone, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Hank Voss, Taylor Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6555:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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