Dellingr is a 6U CubeSat mission developed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
The main objective of the one year Dellingr project is to to develop, test, and integrate a new-fangled 6U CubeSat that could reliably and easily accommodate NASA-class science investigations and technology demonstrations at a lower cost.
The CubeSat — known as Dellingr, a name derived from the god of the dawn in Norse mythology — will carry three heliophysics-related payloads.
One, the miniaturized ion/neutral mass spectrometer, actually will be tested for the first time aboard the National Science Foundation’s ExoCube mission, which will measure the densities of all significant neutral and ionized atom species in the ionosphere, the outer region of the atmosphere where incoming solar radiation ionizes a large fraction of atoms. Two magnetometer systems will be demonstrated as well on Dellingr.
The satellite may be able to hitch a ride on a resupply craft headed for the International Space Station (ISS) possibly in January 2016, where it will be deployed in a high-inclination orbit similar to the station’s orbital path. Its mission is expected to last up to six months.
|Type / Application:||Technology, heliophysics|
|Operator:||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Contractors:||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Equipment:||Miniaturized ion/neutral mass spectrometer, 2 magnetometers|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Mass:||6 kg ?|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|