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OwlSat

OwlSat [Rice University]

OwlSat is a scientific investigation by Rice University that will analyze the relationship between solar activity and the Earth's thermosphere.

OwlSat is an 1U CubeSat. It will record extreme ultraviolet (EVU) radiation measurements of the Sun, the satellite’s orbital velocity and orbital position to characterize how varying EUV values impact the orbital decay rate. The data will allow for more comprehensive predictions for orbiting bodies, such as space debris and small satellites.

OwlSat supports a mission architecture based on a three-instrument package. The architecture includes EUV radiation probes to measure the solar activity of the sun, an accelerometer to monitor the velocity of the satellite, and a GPS receiver to determine the location and altitude of the satellite.

It was selected in 2020 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Science, Atmosphere
Operator: Rice University
Contractors: Rice University
Equipment: EUV radiation probes, accelerometer, GPS receiver
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
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Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
OwlSat - 2023 Va SLC-2W Firefly-Alpha with CatSat, Starling 1, ..., 4, KUbeSat 1, MESAT 1, R5 S4, REAL, SOC-i

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