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CANVAS [CU Boulder]

CANVAS (Climatology of Anthropogenic and Natural VLF wave Activity in Space) is a 4U-CubeSat mission will make continuous observations of very low frequency (VLF) waves in low-Earth orbit originating from lightning and ground-based transmitters.

The CANVAS instruments will observe VLF waves in the 0.3-40 kHz frequency range using a three-axis magnetic search coil, deployed on the end of a 1-meter carbon fiber boom, and two electric field dipole antennas. Together, these five wave components will be used to calculate the spectral matrix components at 1 second time resolution using real-time FFTs and spectral matrices calculated in an on-board FPGA.

It was unded in February 2019 by the National Science Foundation and was selected in 2021 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research, magnetosphere
Operator: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU)
Contractors: University of Colorado at Boulder
Equipment: AXIS
Configuration: CubeSat (4U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CANVAS - 202x with ?


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