LASP and aerospace engineering researchers will use new grant funding to advance their concept of a futuristic swarm of satellites to shed new light on how the solar wind affects Earth’s upper atmosphere.
As the space industry evolves its focus from large satellites to smaller ones with the same functionality, there is a growing need for the hardware to shrink as well. A group of seniors has helped meet that need.
A spacecraft constellation will make the first global measurements of the coupling between the magnetosphere and the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The results will help detect and predict extreme conditions in space that can impact society and future exploration.