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Design for nanosatellite PICASSO positively assessed
12 May 2015 - To measure the ozone distribution in the stratosphere, the temperature in the mesosphere and the electron density in the ionosphere, the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is developping the PICASSO satellite, in collaboration with VTT (Finland), Clyde-Space Ltd (UK) and the Centre Spatial de Liège (Belgium), for the European Space Agency ESA.
Just 32x10x10 cm in size, this CubeSat will use:
On 23-24 April 2015, the PICASSO mission was reviewed by ESA during a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) collocation at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). Both instruments (VISION and SLP) and the platform were positively assessed during a very intense questions/answers session with ESA experts from different fields.
The PDR was declared successful with actions left (as usual!) for the team. The close-out of the PDR is foreseen at the end of May, after which the PICASSO project will enter the next phase, with a Critical Design Review (CDR) expected in October 2015.
Several launch opportunities have already been identified. The target launch date is the second part of 2016.
Related article: Picasso CubeSat to investigate upper layers of the atmosphere