Full Name Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 11 Nov 2016
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 11 Nov 2021
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Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98 deg
Orbit Altitude 617 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 3 days
Objectives and Applications RAVAN (Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes) Pathfinder Mission was an 3U CubeSat mission with the objective to demonstrate a compact, low cost and accurate radiometer. The satellite was flown within NASA's inVEST (In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies) program with support by NASA's ESTO (Earth Science Technology Office), and launched in November 2016. The satellite measured Earth's radiative diurnal cycle and absolute energy imbalance to climate accuracies during its operational lifetime of 20 months.
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