The ASIM (Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor) is a climate observatory for the International Space Station (ISS) to study Transient Luminous Event (TLE) and Terrestial Gamma Ray Bursts (TGF).
It is developed by the ASIM consortium for ESA. The ASIM consortium is formed by Terma A/S, Technical University of Denmark, University of Bergen, University of Valencia, Polish Academy of Science Space Research Center, and OHB Italia. The Technical University of Denmark is leading the scientific advisory board to ESA and Terma A/S is the prime contractor under ESA for the payload development. Development started in 2010 and current launch is planned for 2018 with Falcon-9/Dragon by SpaceX. The budget of ASIM is 35-40 MEUR.
The goals for the missions are:
ASIM carries two scientific instruments, the MMIA for observing TLEs in optical and near UV bands and the MXGS for observing TGFs in X and gamma ray bands. The platform consists of a data handling and power unit and the CEPA, a standard structural item for ISS external payloads for Columbus.
ASIM will be transported in the unpressurized trunk of a Dragon cargo craft to the ISS, where it will be mounted on the COF (Columbus) module.
|Type / Application:||Earth Science|
|Configuration:||Attached ISS payload|
|Lifetime:||2 years (minimum)|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|
|ASIM||N/A||02.04.2018||CC SLC-40||Falcon-9 v1.2||with Dragon CRS-14, MISSE-FF 1, PFCS, RemoveDEBRIS, DebrisSat 1, DebrisSat 2, RemDeb Net, UBAKUSAT, 1KUNS-PF, Irazú|