Satellites

HiNCube

HINCube is the first student satellite in the ANSAT program. The satellite is being built by students at Narvik University College (HiN). HiNCube is a one unit CubeSat 10x10x10cm.  The satellite is payload consist of a camera which will be used to take pictures of the earth. The satellite also has several thermal sensors to measure the temperature variation of the satellite. The launch is provided by ISI Space and is expected to be  launched with Dnepr from Yasny, Russia in the beginning of 2013. Read more about the HiNCube satellite at hincube.cubesat.no

CUBESTAR

CUBESTAR is being constructed at the University of Oslo, and is the second satellite in the ANSAT program. During solar storms, turbulent electron clouds are formed in the ionosphere, causing distortion in satellite signals. The phenomenon of electron clouds are far from fully understood. Research in this area gives us the knowledge that we can later use to notify space weather, and to improve equipment such as GPS receivers. CubeSTAR will measure the structures in the electron clouds and improve the resolution 2000-fold, from today’s seven kilometers down to the meter level. Read more about the CUBESTAR satellite at cubestar.cubesat.no

NUTS

NUTS is the third an last student satellite being developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The main payload will be an infrared camera for observing gravity waves in the upper atmosphere. Observation of gravity waves by means of infrared camera has not yet been done from a satellite. Gravity waves, created by air blowing over mountains and weather phenomena, propagate throughout the atmosphere and drive the large scale flows in the middle atmosphere. Despite this their properties are poorly understood, mainly due to a lack of observational data. At an altitude of about 90 km in the atmosphere we find a layer of OH molecules that emit short-wave infrared radiation. When gravity waves propagate through this layer wave patterns in the radiation intensity are observed. Read more about the NUTS satellite at nuts.cubesat.no