The Science Behind SURROUND: a Constellation of Cubesats Around the Sun
Item Type:Conference Paper
Citation:Weigt, D. M., Cañizares, L. A., Maloney, S. A., Murray, S. A., Carley, E. P., Gallagher, P. T., Macario-Rojas, A., Crisp, N., McGrath, C., The Science Behind SURROUND: a Constellation of Cubesats Around the Sun, In C. K. Louis, C. M. Jackman, G. Fischer, A. H. Sulaiman, P. Zucca, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Eds.), Planetary, Solar and Heliospheric Radio Emissions IX, 2023. https://doi.org/10.25546/104052
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One of the greatest challenge facing current space weather monitoring operations is forecasting the arrival of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs) within their Earth-Sun propagation timescales. Current campaigns mainly rely on extreme ultra-violet and white light observations to create forecasts, missing out many potential events that may be hazardous to Earth’s infrastructure undetectable at these wavelengths. Here we introduce the SURROUND mission, a constellation of CubeSats each with identical radio spectrometers, and the results of the initial Phase-0 study for the concept. The main goal of SURROUND is to monitor and track solar radio bursts (SRBs), widely utilised as a useful diagnostic for space weather activity, and revolutionise current forecasting capabilities. The Phase-0 study concludes that SURROUND can achieve its mission objectives using 3 - 5 spacecraft using current technologies with feasible SEP and CME forecasting potential: a first for heliospheric monitors.
Author: Weigt, D. M.; Cañizares, L. A.; Maloney, S. A.; Murray, S. A.; Carley, E. P.; Gallagher, P. T.; Macario-Rojas, A.; Crisp, N.; McGrath, C.
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