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ANDESITE

ANDESITE Mule and Nodes [BU]

ANDESITE (Ad-Hoc Network Demonstration for Extended Satellite-Based Inquiry and Other Team Endeavors), is a 6U CubeSat mission being developed by the Boston University Center for Space Physics.

Small-scale plasma phenomena, on the order of hundreds of meter, in the aurora are difficult to resolve with conventional satellite based measurements. Boston University will launch the ANDESITE mission, that allows for a spatial and temporal resolution at this scale by flying a formation of picosatellites with on-board three-axis magnetometers. with local measurements spaced only a few hundred meters apart, they can differentiate current density distributions in auroral arcs with less constraints on the assumed geometries. These measurements then allow for a better view into the nature of current filaments and vortex structures as seen by high-resolution ground based optical cameras.

ANDESITE is a 6U CubeSat that deploys several smaller “pico-satellites” that each have their own self-contained scientific magnetometer, power system and radio communication system. The satellites collect data in a loosely held swarm, relaying the data back to the main spacecraft and down to the Earth through the GlobalStar sat-phone network.

ANDESITE will rely on widely accessible space-grade hardware developed around the CubeSat concept. ANDESITE seeks to use this technology to design a set of interacting miniature Sensor Nodes, for high-resolution sensing of space and atmospheric environments. A network manager called the Mule will integrate a Command and Data Handling Unit (C&DH) running Android OS to manage the constellation and data.

ANDESITE was selected in 2014 for launch with NASA’s ELaNa program. The satellite was launched on 13 June 2020 on a shared Electron KS launch on The ELaNa 32 mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Science, magnetosphere, technology
Operator: Boston University Center for Space Physics
Contractors: Boston University Center for Space Physics
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U) (Mule)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 5.5 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ANDESITE Mule 2020-037D 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 1 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 2 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 3 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 4 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 5 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 6 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 7 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder
ANDESITE Node 8 2020-037 13.06.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with ANDESITE Mule, ANDESITE Node 1-8, USA 301, USA 302, USA 303, RAAF M2 Pathfinder

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