Please make a donation to support Gunter's Space Page.
Thank you very much for visiting Gunter's Space Page. I hope that this site is useful and informative for you.
If you appreciate the information provided on this site, please consider supporting my work by making a simple and secure donation via PayPal. Please help to run the website and keep everything free of charge. Thank you very much.

ELFIN (Helio 1)

ELFIN [UCLA]

ELFIN (Electron Losses and Fields Investigation) is a 3U cubesat mission under development by the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department at UCLA in collaboration with the Aerospace Corporation to explore the mechanisms responsible for the loss of relativistic electrons from the radiation belts.

ELFIN is a spin-stabilized 3U CubeSat with a science mission to explore electron precipitation in the radiation belts. ELFIN spins like a hammer spinning head over handle to be able to resolve the full range of pitch angles.

ELFIN carries three different dedicated scientific instruments to be able to measure electron precipitation in the radiation belts:

  • a Energetic Particle Detector for Electrons (EPD-E)
  • a Energetic Particle Detector for Ions (EPD-I)
  • a Fluxgate Magnetometer deployed at the end of a 75 cm stacer boom

The science instruments are being developed by UCLA staff at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) and the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department (EPSS).

The project is currently a participant in the NS-8 round of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosatellite Program and is being designed for a late 2015, early 2016 delivery date.

It was selected in 2014 by NASA as part of the Science Mission Directorate's Cubesat Initiative. It was selected in 2014 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research, magnetosphere
Operator: UCLA
Contractors: UCLA
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ELFIN (Helio 1) - 2018 Va SLC-2W Delta-7320-10C with ICESAT 2, IT-SPINS, CHEFsat