APSS 1 or QuakeTEC, also named Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa, is an 1U CubeSat developed by the University of Auckland's APSS (Auckland Programme for Space Systems) to test, if ionospheric disturbances can be used to predict earth quakes.
The QuakeTEC satellite carries a Langmuir probe and will measure the electron density in the ionosphere to determine the feasibility of detecting earthquakes in advance. The students will be using their satellites to investigate a debated theory, that seismic activity in the earth’s crust creates signatures in the ionosphere, a region of the atmosphere between 60 to a thousand kilometers above the earth’s surface.
The satellite was launched in late 2020 (delayed from late 2018) by an Electron KS (R) rocket.
|Type / Application:||Science, ionosphere|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|APSS 1 (QuakeTEC, Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa)||2020-085D||20.11.2020||OnS LC-1A||Electron KS (R)||with Dragracer A, Dragracer B, BRO 2, BRO 3, Mandrake 1, SpaceBEE 22, ..., 39, SpaceBEENZ 1, ..., 6, Gnome Chompski|