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Multi-spacecraft Studies of the Auroral Acceleration Region: From Cluster to Nanosatellites
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Advances in Space Research, ISSN 0273-1177, E-ISSN 1879-1948Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the utilization of multiple Cubesats in various formations for studies in the auroral acceleration region. The focus is on the quasi-static properties, spatio-temporal features, electric potential structures, field-aligned currents, and their relationships, all of which are fundamentally important for an understanding of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. It is argued that a multitude of nanosatellites can address some of the relevant outstanding questions in a broader range of spatial, temporal, and geometrical features, with higher redundancy and data consistency, potentially resulting in a shorter mission period and a higher chance of mission success. A number of mission concepts consisting of a cluster of 6 to 12 Cubesats with their specific onboard payloads are suggested for such missions over a period of as short as two months.

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2016.
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Onboard space systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61083DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.11.037ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85008686811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-61083DiVA: diva2:1056564
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2017-01-17

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