A Space Weather Monitoring System Will Be Created At Moscow State University
Roscosmos State Corporation, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring (Roshydromet), and Lomonosov Moscow State University have signed a cooperation agreement to create operational space weather monitoring systems based on small CubeSat-type spacecraft developed by the Moscow State University's theme center. This is reported by the press service of the University.
"State Corporation Roscosmos, Rosgidromet, and MSU have signed a trilateral agreement on the creation of a space weather monitoring system. The decision to sign the agreement was made based on the results of the successful completion of the flight testing stage of the 3U CubeSat small spacecraft (developed by the Moscow State University research Institute, mass - about 5 kg) "Sokrat" and "VDNH - 80". They are equipped with miniaturized devices for monitoring radiation ("decor" device) and ultraviolet transients ("AURA" device), specially designed and adapted for small CubeSat devices by specialists of the Moscow State University NIIYaF. The data obtained experimentally confirmed the principal possibility of using CubeSat satellites in the interests of meteorological services," the report says.
The press service added that along with creating a monitoring system for the main threat of space flights - radiation existing in outer space, the project aims to solve the problem of studying the nature of radiation fields in space. The creation of small spacecraft and simulation of real experiments takes place with the participation of students and postgraduates of specialized educational organizations.
"MSU has been successfully developing spacecraft since the beginning of 2000. The creation of small CubeSat satellites and the adaptation of our scientific equipment to their form factor became a new challenge for MSU specialists, which they coped with brilliantly. This agreement opens a new innovative direction of work with our strategic partners-Roscosmos and Roshydromet," the press service of the MSU rector quotes.