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UNITE

UNITE [USI]

The UNITE (Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer) is Purdue Universitys 3U CubeSat mission to make a series of global measurements in the largely unexplored lower ionosphere.

The objective is to explore the Extremely Low Earth Orbit environment and would feature

  • space weather measurements using a Langmuir plasma probe,
  • assessment of CubeSat drag in this lower region of the ionosphere and
  • CubeSat temperature measurements to compare against a thermal model.

UNITE is to to probe plasma in the lower ionosphere to measure both electron and ion densities. It will measure temperatures throughout its flight and importantly in the last stages of reentry. The archived data will be used to compare against modeled drag throughout flight.

It was funded through National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) and was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Science, ionosphere
Operator: Purdue University
Contractors: Purdue University
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UNITE - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?

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