Multi-spacecraft Studies of the Auroral Acceleration Region: From Cluster to Nanosatellites
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
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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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject Onboard space systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61083DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.11.037ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85008686811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-61083DiVA: diva2:1056564