NASA surveys industry for atmospheric monitoring CubeSat that will push the bounds of SWaP in spacecraft

The integrated SAGE IV CubeSat spacecraft and atmospheric sensor should measure about 14.2 inches by 4.8 inches and weigh no more than 26.5 pounds, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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HAMPTON, Va. – U.S. space researchers are surveying industry for companies able to build a small constellation of orbiting CubeSat satellites, each about the size of a shoebox, to monitor aerosols, ozone, and other components of the Earth's atmosphere, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace ElectronicsContinue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

October 22, 2019-The SAGE IV project will capitalize on new small satellite technologies to design a new CubeSat sensor to match or exceed capabilities of the SAGE III sensor payload, which measures about 3.8 cubic feet, weighs about 725 pounds, and operates from the International Space Station.

The SAGE IV sensor will require a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) space-quality 2D PIN diode array with square pixels that should not exceed 35-micron pitch; have active area no smaller than 4 by 4 millimeters; and offer a total focal plane assembly package size no larger than 50 by 48 by 20 millimeters.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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