LAICE (Lower Atmosphere/Ionosphere Coupling Experiment) is a 6U cubesat mission for upper atmospheric research designed and built by the department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The LAICE mission has two goals:
The LAICE project hopes to reveal new information about the neutral ion coupling processes in the 150 to 325 kilometer atmospheric region. The phenomenon has led to ionospheric instabilities that disrupt communication and global positioning system (GPS) signals.
|Type / Application:||Ionosphere|
|Operator:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aerospace Engineering|
|Contractors:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aerospace Engineering|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|