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CubeSTAR

CubeSTAR is a miniature space weather satellite.

Photo: Marius E. Hauge

CubeSTAR's mission

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.

Published Dec 1, 2010 04:58 AM - Last modified Feb 17, 2014 05:12 PM