The CTIM-FD (Compact Total Irradiance Monitor Flight Demonstration) is a 6U CubeSat technology demonstration mission of a next-generation Compact Total Irradiance Monitor that will help to provide an understanding of Earth’s climate change by the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Incoming radiant energy from the sun is measured as the total solar irradiance, which is a natural factor that changes our climate (also called a climate forcing). Total solar irradiance has been measured from space by a 40-year, uninterrupted sequence of instruments. CTIM will allow measurements to be made with the same accuracy and long-term stability while using a much smaller instrument.
It was selected in 2019 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Colorado at Boulder|
|Contractors:||University of Colorado at Boulder|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CTIM-FD||-||2022||Mo RW12/30||LauncherOne||with Slingshot 1, GPX 2, (STP-S28A multiple payloads)|