University of Illinois uses Blue Canyon for technical CubeSat operation

University of Illinois uses Blue Canyon for technical CubeSat operation

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign awards an agreement to Blue Canyon Technologies. This is in order to offer CubeSats for a space operation supported by the National Science Foundation. The value of the accolade is not disclosed yet.

Under the agreement announced on May 12, Blue Canyon Technologies, a Raytheon Technologies division, will deliver a pair of six-unit CubeSat buses. This is along with an engineering advancement group for an operation that intends to throw light on the central heating of the sun’s radiance.

The Virtual Super-resolution Optics with Reconfigurable Swarms (VISORS) mission, pursues to research the areas in the sun’s radiance where energy is released.

“Blue Canyon Technologies is delivering crucial elements in a program that will, for the first time, expose specific energy-release locations. These are in the solar radiance to assess concepts of coronal central heating,” says George Stafford. He is Blue Canyon Technologies co-founder and CEO. “Our corporation’s technology will facilitate the VISORS system in order to assist researchers to identify the sun’s plasma astronomy. Also, to improve models for nanoflares and radiance structure.”

Nanoflares are regular eruptions on the surface of the sun.

If all turns as intended the two VISORS CubeSats will journey in 2023 to low Earth orbit. Once they reach, they will fly 40 meters at a distance and generate a distributed telescope. The lead spacecraft will carry the optical components and the following spacecraft will include the detector.

The University of Illinois is working along with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and several universities on the VISORS program including the following:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University, Washington State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of California San Diego
  • New Mexico State University
  • Montana State University
  • The University of Colorado

Blue Canyon Technologies plans to provide CubeSats to Georgia Tech for instrument assimilation in 2022.

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