NASA Surveys Industry for Atmospheric Monitoring CubeSat That Will Push the Bounds of SWaP in Spacecraft

November 19, 2019 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, www.militaryaerospace.com, John Keller, 21 October 2019

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.

Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, issued a sources-sought notice (SS_SAGEIV_PDO) on Friday for the Small Satellite Technologies atmospheric monitoring/measurement concept(s) project.

NASA wants capabilities and ideas from industry to help design an integrated CubeSat spacecraft and Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) IV sensor to monitor Earth's atmosphere as part of Earth Venture system science projects. The integrated spacecraft and sensor should measure about 14.2 in by 4.8 in and weigh no more than 26.5 lb.

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