MIT team selected to participate in AFOSR University Nanosatellite Program 9 (UNP-9)

kcahoy/ January 18, 2016/ Uncategorized

An MIT project, FLARE, the Free-space Lasercom And Radiation Experiment, has been selected to participate in AFOSR University Nanosatellite Program 9 (UNP-9). FLARE consists of two 6U CubeSats, each hosting two payloads, 1) intersatellite lasercom crosslink transmitter and receiver, 2) energetic particle spectrometer to characterize electrons and protons that the Sun spews outward and that get trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field lines. FLARE also uses a set of green monopropellant thrusters to allow then to maneuver and explore different link ranges and energetic particle population environments.