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Ravan Updated: 13 May 2016   Responsible Operator John Carvo n/a
Supporting Organisation Blue Canyon Technologies  
Contact Person jcarvo@bluecanyontech.com.nospam  
Headline Details: Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) is building the spacecraft for the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) project, which is led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), with partners L-1 Standards and Technology, Inc. and Draper Laboratory, and funded by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office. The objective of the RAVAN project is to demonstrate a radiometer that is compact, low-cost, and low-uncertainty. The radiometer uses a gallium fixed-point black body as a built-in calibration source and a vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) absorber. VACNTs are the blackest known substance. Neither the VACNT nor gallium black body has ever been used in an orbiting scientific instrument. Successful demonstration will pave the way for a constellation Earth radiation budget mission that can provide valuable measurements needed to significantly advance our understanding of ongoing and future climate change. BCT will integrate the RAVAN payload with the XB1 Spacecraft Bus and perform environmental testing of the complete spacecraft. BCT will also provide launch integration services and operate the spacecraft from its new Mission Operations Center. BCT’s spacecraft, the XB1, is a high-performance CubeSat that includes an ultra-precise attitude control system that allows for accurate knowledge and fine-pointing of the satellite payload.It is a 3U CubeSat Planning a 600km SSO on an Elana launch in July 2016. Proposing a 2W 9k6 GMSK UHF downlink. Will also carry a Globalstar transceiver.**It has not been possible to provide coordinations for this mission**
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