INCA (Ionospheric Neutron Content Analyzer) is a scientific investigation mission conducted by the New Mexico State University (NMSU), that will study the latitude and time dependencies of the neutron spectrum in low-Earth orbit for the first time to improve current space weather models and mitigate threats to space and airborne assets.
The measurements will come from a new directional neutron spectrometer, which is being developed in conjunction with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of New Hampshire. It is being adapted from Solar Probe Plus Ion Neutron & Gamma-ray Spectrometer (SPRINGS) design.
INCA is built on a 6U CubeSat satellite bus.
The mission objectives are to:
It was selected in 2016 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) program to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Ionospheric Research|
|Operator:||New Mexico State University (NMSU)|
|Contractors:||New Mexico State University (NMSU)|
|Equipment:||Directional neutron spectrometer|
|Power:||Deployable fixed solar array, batteries|
|INCA||-||2017||Mo||LauncherOne||with ALBus, CACTUS 1, ExoCube 2, MicroMAS 2b, MiTEE 1, PolarCube, Q-PACE, SurfSat, RadFxSat 2, CAPE 3, PICS 1, PICS 2, SHFT 2 , IMPACT 2A, IMPACT 2B|