CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - RAX -
Full Name Radio Aurora eXplorer Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies University of Michigan Launch Date 20 Nov 2010
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 19 Jan 2011
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Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97.7 minutes
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 72 deg
Orbit Altitude 650 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications RAX (Radio Aurora eXplorer) was a collaborative nanosatellite mission of the University of Michigan and SRI International, with the objective to study plasma instabilities that lead to magnetic field-aligned irregularities (FIA) of electron density in the lower polar thermosphere. The mission was launched in November 2010 and stopped operations in spring of 2011 due to power system anomaly.
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