NASA Taps Aerospace to Study Earth’s Atmospheric, Ionospheric Changes

Aerospace has received a $2.85 million NASA grant to study the gradual changes occurring in the atmosphere and ionosphere of earth.

The research effort will make use of six CubeSat units that will compose the Daily Atmospheric Ionospheric Limb Imager, the company said Thursday.

DAILI will be built to provide atmospheric data needed for orbital calculations and studies on radio signal propagation.

The technology was based on the Remote Atmosphere/Ionosphere Detection Sensor used in International Space Station missions.

The mission will occur for one year in 2020, and will monitor the atmosphere at a range between 140 to 290 kilometers, wherein density and composition vary in value.

Data resulting from DAILI’s operation will be used to support NASA’s ICON and GOLD satellite missions set to begin in 2018.

You may also be interested in...

Blue Origin

Blue Origin Launches 14th New Shepard Mission With Updated Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, used a capsule with updated crew systems during the company's 14th mission with the New Shepard rocket. The updated capsule featured new push-to-talk communications systems, noise reduction tools, cushioned wall linings, environmental systems and a crew alert system, Blue Origin said Thursday.

Teledyne

Teledyne Subsidiary to Produce Additional Navy LCS Missile Defense Modules

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary has secured an $18M contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four more missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship mission package.

Orion

Lockheed’s Orion Spacecraft Concludes Assembly, Testing for NASA’s Artemis Mission to Lunar Orbit

Lockheed Martin has sent the Orion capsule to NASA’s exploration ground systems team for final preparations ahead of the unmanned Artemis I mission to lunar orbit that will launch later this year. The spacecraft concluded assembly operations and testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.