NASA’s new mission SunRISE to study causes for Giant Solar Storms- Want to know all details read here!
NASA has already selected its new mission. The mission is aimed to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms. These are also known as solar particle storms. And, are released into the planetary space.
The information will improve the understanding of the working of the solar system. Also, it can help protect astronauts. The astronauts who travel to the Moon and Mars. This is because it will reveal the effect of Sun’s radiations on the space environment.
Details on NASA’s new mission SunRISE
The new mission is called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE). It is an array of six CubeSats. These operate as one very large radio telescope. NASA has also awarded $62.6 million. It is to design, build and launch it by no earlier than July 1, 2023.
NASA chose it in August 2017 as one of the two Mission of Opportunity proposals. The proposal is to conduct an 11 month mission concept study. In February 2019, the agency approved a continued formulation study of the mission for an additional year. SunRISE is led by Justin Kasper at the University of Michigan. It is in Arbor and is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
What Nicky Fox said?
Nicky Fox, director of NASA’s Heliophysics Division said,” We are so pleased to add a new mission to our fleet of spacecraft that help us better understand the Sun, as well as how our star influences the space environment between planets. The more we know about how the Sun erupts with space weather events, the more we can mitigate their effects on spacecraft and astronauts.”
The design relies on six solar-powered CubeSats. Each is about the size of a toaster oven. It is to simultaneously observe radio images of low-frequency emission from solar activity and share them via NASA’s Deep Space Network.
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Its constellation would fly within 6 miles of each other, above Earth’s atmosphere. It would otherwise block the radio signals SunRISE will observe. Together, they will create fly within 6 miles of each other, above Earth’s atmosphere. This will help determine what initiates and accelerates these giant jets of radiation. They will also map, for the first time, the pattern of magnetic field lines reaching from the Sun out into interplanetary space.
SunRISE has proposed an approach for access to space as a hosted rideshare on a commercial satellite. The commercial satellite will be provided by Maxar of Westminster, Colorado. It will be built with a Payload Orbital Delivery System, or PODS.
As soon as it is in its orbit, the host spacecraft will deploy the six SunRISE spacecraft and then continue its prime mission.
Missions of Opportunity is a part of the Explorers Program. It is the oldest continuous NASA program. It has been designed to provide frequent, low-cost access to space. It will use principal investigator-led space science investigations. It is relevant to the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) astrophysics and heliophysics programs. The program is to be managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for SMD. It conducts a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system and universe.