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Burstcube [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]

The Burstcube is a 6U CubeSat scientific investigation mission by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center designed to autonomously detect gamma ray bursts (GRBs) onboard and rapidly downlink data to maximize chances of detecting fading broadband afterglows.

It will increase the likelihood of coincident detection and the number of short GRBs that can be correlated with gravitational wave signals. BurstCube will provide astrophysical context, evidence of extreme physical process and rare, dramatic end-stage stellar evolution.

It was selected in 2019 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Astronomy, Gamma Rays
Operator: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Contractors: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: x kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Burstcube 1998-067 21.03.2024 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-30, HyTI, SNoOPI, Big Red Sat 1, CURTIS, MicroOrbiter 1, Kashiwa, Killick 1, QMSat, VIOLET

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