HyperCubeis a 6U CubeSat mission developed at the Harris. It is a space-based threedimensional sounding instrument designed to measure the speed, direction, and elevation of wind in Earth’s atmosphere. A Fourier Transform Spectrometer, the HyperCube cubesat is much smaller and less expensive, and offers a more expedient implementation alternative to complex LiDAR wind measurement programs.
The satellite are developed in connection with the Space Dynamics Lab of Utah State University, who provides the spacecraft for the HyperCube mission.
HyperCube provides hundreds of hyperspectral bands for the best instrument resolution in the small satellite market. It delivers more vertical layers of wind vector data at fine spatial resolution, resulting in more accurate data than other available solutions. Data accuracy is maintained using an onboard calibration target capable of precise, absolute calibration. HyperCube also offers collection time flexibility, allowing for more mission coverage than alternative technologies.
HyperCube serves as a technology demonstration for a 12 cubesat constellation, which could provide optimum wind measurements. A 15-minute time separation provides a “slice” of atmospheric measurements to identify wind vectors. The constellation delivers global coverage twice every day at the equator, and more frequently at higher latitudes.
The technolgy demonstrator will be launched in 2019.
|Type / Application:||Experimental|
|Contractors:||Harris (prime), Space Dynamics Laboratory, (bus)|
|Equipment:||Hyperspectral mid-wave infrared Fourier Transform Spectrometer|
|Power:||Deployable solar arrays, batteries|