CubeSTAR is a miniature space weather satellite to be launched in 2013.
Photo: Marius E. Hauge
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.