Session

Technical Session 13: Future Missions/Capabilities

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

Fundamental gaps exist in the understanding and observation of energetic particle precipitation (EPP),a solar-terrestrial coupling mechanism that is vital for climatelogical modeling of the atmosphere and magnetosphere. The Atmospheric Effects of Precipitation through Energetic X-rays (AEPEX) mission is a 6U CubeSat that will measure energetic electron spectra and X-ray images in order to quantify the spatial scales and amount of energy input into the atmosphere, and therefore lost from the magnetosphere, via EPP. AEPEX includes two instruments; AEPEX’s FIRE (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron) instrument (AFIRE), a TRL 9 electron detector previously flown on the FIREBIRD mission; and the Atmospheric X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (AXIS), an instrument being developed at CU Boulder that will take novel images and spectra of 50–300 keV X-ray photons. This work describes the AEPEX mission overview, the detailed design and operation of AXIS, and initial test and calibration results.

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The AEPEX CubeSat Mission: Quantifying Energetic Particle Precipitation through Bremsstrahlung X-Ray Imaging

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Fundamental gaps exist in the understanding and observation of energetic particle precipitation (EPP),a solar-terrestrial coupling mechanism that is vital for climatelogical modeling of the atmosphere and magnetosphere. The Atmospheric Effects of Precipitation through Energetic X-rays (AEPEX) mission is a 6U CubeSat that will measure energetic electron spectra and X-ray images in order to quantify the spatial scales and amount of energy input into the atmosphere, and therefore lost from the magnetosphere, via EPP. AEPEX includes two instruments; AEPEX’s FIRE (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron) instrument (AFIRE), a TRL 9 electron detector previously flown on the FIREBIRD mission; and the Atmospheric X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (AXIS), an instrument being developed at CU Boulder that will take novel images and spectra of 50–300 keV X-ray photons. This work describes the AEPEX mission overview, the detailed design and operation of AXIS, and initial test and calibration results.