Friday, March 23, 2012

Success for Cubesat's Science Mission

RAX-2 Range Time Intensity Plot
Showing Ionospheric Anomaly
(Courtesy U.Mich/RAX-2 website)
Controllers of RAX-2, the Radio Auroral Exoplorer 2 cubesat, report that the satellite's science mission has been a success, with the help of the amateur radio community. According to Southgate Amateur Radio News, the mission is to study the formation of a plasma anomaly that is known to cause scintillation of radio signals in UHF and higher frequency bands. Matt Bennett, KF6RTB, reported on March 9 that after three years in orbit, the satellite had finally detected the long-sought anomaly, using its space-based receiver to monitor signals from a high-powered radar transmitter in Alaska. More information is available at <>.