MAC Awarded an SBIR Phase I project to model an interferometer to measure thermospheric winds and temperature from a CubeSat platform. 

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Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) is pleased to announce the award and acceptance of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration SBIR Phase I award, titled “Miniaturized Nightglow Interferometer for Monitoring Emissions from a CubeSat.” 

YPSILANTI, MI, August 12th, 2020 – Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to model a remote-sensing instrument, based around a Fabry-Perot interferometer, for sensing thermospheric winds from a CubeSat-class satellite during this Phase I base effort. This work will provide an important, relatively inexpensive and compact instrument option for measuring thermospheric winds, with implications for improving space weather observations and forecasts and improving the modeling of the solar/terrestrial interaction. Michigan Aerospace’s extensive experience with Fabry-Perot interferometers and sensor systems based on them, including for thermospheric sensing, will help pave the path towards this program’s success. 

For more details, please visit SBIR.GOV.