CSIM-FD [Blue Canyon Tech]
CSIM-FD (Compact Spectral Irradiance Monitor Flight Demonstration) is a nanosatellite project of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder to built a 6U-CubeSat to take observations of the Sun.
The purpose of the CSIM FD demonstration mission is to measure solar spectral irradiance to understand how solar variability impacts the Earth’s climate and to validate climate model sensitivity to spectrally varying solar forcing.
LASP will provide, integrate and test the CSIM FD payload with BCT’s 6U spacecraft bus. BCT will conduct the functional bus testing, while LASP will perform environmental testing of the complete spacecraft prior to launch. BCT’s 6U spacecraft is a high-performance CubeSat that includes an ultra-precise attitude control system that allows for accurate knowledge and fine-pointing of the satellite payload. The highly integrated design also maximizes payload volume.
The satellite is planned for a launch in November 2018 into a 500 km × 500 km, 52° orbit.
|Type / Application:||Research, solar|
|Operator:||Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU)|
|Contractors:||University of Colorado at Boulder (prime); Blue Canyon Technologies (bus)|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||500 km × 500 km, 52°|