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Tuesday, February 2 • 10:35 - 10:55
Scintillation Observations and Response of The Ionosphere to Electrodynamics (SORTIE)

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Perturbations in the ionospheric plasma density most frequently appear in the form of discrete regions of waves. At low and middle latitudes, these perturbations are thought to provide the seeds for larger amplitude perturbations that may evolve non-linearly to produce irregularities. However, there is currently no comprehensive atlas of measurements describing the global spatial or temporal distribution of wave-like perturbations in the ionosphere.

The SORTIE mission is a 6U CubeSat mission with team members from ASTRA, AFRL, UTD, and COSMIAC. The SORTIE spacecraft is designed to approach the complex challenges in discovering the wave-like plasma perturbations in the ionosphere. SORTIE will provide the initial spectrum of wave perturbations which are the starting point for the RF calculation, provide measured electric fields which determine the magnitude of the RT growth rate near where EPBs are generated, and will provide initial observations of the irregularities in plasma density which result from RT growth. These measurements will compliment the already important measurements being taken from the C/NOFS satellite and will be used to generate inputs for ionospheric models.

The SORTIE mission is slated to launch in late 2016, and will provide a timely overlap with NASA’s ICON mission scheduled to launch in the 2017 timeframe. The baseline operational plan will be a year of on-orbit lifetime orbiting at a low to middle inclination orbit near 350-400 km altitude.

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Adam Keith

Affiliate Principal Advisor, Euroconsult
Adam Keith is a Principal Advisor at Euroconsult based in Montreal, Canada. In his 20 years working in the space sector, Adam has advised a wide range of clients including space agencies, government organizations and commercial actors along the value chain.Adam held various positions... Read More →

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Erik Stromberg

Systems Engineer, ASTRA LLC

Tuesday February 2, 2016 10:35 - 10:55 EST
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