IGPP Seminar Series

The e-POP Canadian Scientific Satellite

by Martin Connors
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Athabasca University and Visiting Professor, Earth and Space Science, UCLA

Abstract

The Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) small satellite mission will be launched in about a year as a Canadian contribution to the International Living with a Star (ILWS) program. e-POP is a small satellite to investigate atmospheric plasma outflows and related wave-particle interaction processes in the topside ionosphere. An opportunity for coupling with the commercial communications test program CASSIOPE will allow a very high downlink data rate. e-POP objectives include quantification of plasma outflow and related micro- and meso-scale plasma processes in the polar ionosphere, neutral escape, auroral currents, and plasma microstructures. 8 science instruments include imaging plasma and neutral particle sensors, magnetometers, radio wave receivers, dual-frequency GPS receivers, CCD cameras, and a beacon transmitter. e-POP will be placed into a low-altitude, elliptical polar orbit (80 degree inclination, 325 km perigee, and 1500 km apogee) using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. Complementary ground programs including those of Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory and the AUTUMN magnetometer network will be discussed.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM