November 21st, 2013

lolcat: science

Successful launch!

The Cinema-2 and Cinema-3 satellites - also designated KHUSAT-1 and KHUSAT-2, for Kyung Hee University - have successfully launched and are in low Earth orbit!

See here for more detail. Excerpted:

KHUSAT-1 and 2, also designated CINEMA-2 and 3 respectively, are South Korea’s contribution to the international CubeSat for Ion, Neutral, Electron, Magnetic fields, or CINEMA, programme. Developed by Korea’s Kyung Hee University, the satellites carry magnetometers produced by Imperial College London, in the United Kingdom.
Three-unit CubeSats with masses of four kilograms (8.8 lb), the two KHUSATs carry two instruments; the Magnetometer from Imperial College (MAGIC) is used to characterise the Earth’s magnetic field in the satellite’s vicinity, while the Suprathermal Electrons, Ions and Neutrals (STEIN) experiment will detect energetic particles around the spacecraft.

We hope to hear more about the spacecrafts' status, and of course our magnetometers, soon. Now, fingers re-crossed for the successful launch of the SWARM mission tomorrow.

ETA: Article on the Beeb about the deployment here.

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