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AMICal-Sat is a French 2U-CubeSat designed by CSUG-IPAG (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) in cooperation with the Moscow State University to take pictures of the Northern light in order to reconstruct the particle precipitation into the polar atmosphere.

The payload is a very compact, ultra-sensitive wide filed imager (f=23mm, aperture f/1.4). The images will be public, allowing a large community to get auroral images from space. Space weather is a domain which has multiple application especially for radio communication. Northern light are one effect of the particles coming from the sun into the atmosphere through the magnetosphere. They are thus a good “tracer” of ionospheric phenomenon.

The AMICal Sat proposes to register calibrated pictures of the aurora in order to get the vertical profile of the aurora and to map the part of the auroral oval which will be visible from the satellite. It will give information on the ionosphere state and particle precipitations which can perturb technological systems especially radio communication in these regions.

Nation: France
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: CSUG-IPAG
Contractors: CSUG-IPAG
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 534 km × 535 km, 97.52°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AMICal-Sat 2020-061R 03.09.2020 Ko ELV Vega with Athena, ION-SCV 1, ESAIL, UPMSat 2, NEMO-HD, ŃuSat 6, GHGSat C1, Flock-4v 1, ..., 26, Lemur-2 112, ..., 119, SpaceBEE 10, ..., 21, FSSCat A, B, NAPA 1, TARS, EG 2, OSM 1 CICERO, DIDO 3, PICASSO, SIMBA, TRISAT, TTÜ100

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