Review of Scientific Instruments
Here we describe the first neutral wind sensor developed specifically for use on resource limited nano-satellite platforms. The instrument is a next generation redesign of the ram wind sensor flown on the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System satellite for measurements of neutral velocity, temperature, and composition. Results of subsystem tests in vacuum conditions show low-power operation, promising design, and good resolution of measured parameters over the operational pressure and energy ranges expected in the low Earth orbit environment.
Kordella, L. J., Earle, G. D., Roth, G., Noel, S., Robertson, R. V., Davidson, R. L., Holland, C. E., and Garg, V. 2018. "A neutral wind instrument for nano-satellite platforms." Review of Scientific Instruments, 89, no. 9: 1-7.