KASI space mission will be launched on Soyuz-2 in 2021
(17 September 2019 - Roscosmos) Four KASI 6U Cubesats will be launched on Soyuz-2.1a as part of the rideshare mission scheduled for the Q1-Q2, 2021 in two 12U deployers from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
A new and very challenging space mission was initiated by KASI in 2017. KASI designed the innovative concept of multi-satellites mission, named as the Small scale magNetospheric and Ionospheric Plasma Experiments (SNIPE). The SNIPE mission consists of four 6U nanosatellites (~12kg), which will be launched into a polar orbit at an altitude of 600 km. Four satellites will be deployed in orbit, and the distances between each satellite will be controlled from 100 m to 1,000 km by a formation-flying algorithm.
SNIPE (courtesy: KASI)
The science targets of the SNIPE mission are fine-scale morphology of high-energy electron precipitation, background plasma density/temperature, field-aligned currents, and electromagnetic waves. Hence, the mission will observe micro-scale structures of the following geophysical phenomena: high-latitude irregularities such as polar-cap patches, field-aligned currents in the auroral oval, Electro-Magnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) waves, hundreds keV electron precipitations such as electron microbursts, subauroral plasma density trough, low-latitude plasma irregularities such as ionospheric plasma blobs and bubbles.
The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) is a government-funded research institute located in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
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