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NASA, Johns Hopkins APL to Launch Earth Radiometer CubeSat in 2015; Bill Swartz Comments

NASA, Johns Hopkins APL to Launch Earth Radiometer CubeSat in 2015; Bill Swartz Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

cubesatNASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory are building a miniature satellite with the goal of helping scientists quantify Earth’s energy imbalance.

The Radiometer Assessment Using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes cubesat is scheduled for a 2015 launch and will contain technology built to measure the radiation being emitted from the planet, APL said Tuesday.

APL is also working with L-1 Standards and Technology and the Draper Laboratory on the RAVAN program.

“RAVAN will demonstrate how ERI can be unambiguously and affordably quantified from space, enabling a huge leap in our ability to predict the future climate,” said Bill Swartz, an APL atmospheric scientist and RAVAN principal investigator.

The cubesat will also carbon nanotubes to absorb outgoing and incoming energy in the Earth’s atmosphere, APL says.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center sponsored the program.

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