Small satellite REIMEI for auroral observations

Hirobumi Saito, Masafumi Hirahara, Takahide Mizuno, Seisuke Fukuda, Yousuke Fukushima, Kazushi Asamura, Hiroyuki Nagamatsu, Koji Tanaka, Yoshitsugu Sone, Nobukatsu Okuizumi, Makoto Mita, Masatoshi Uno, Yoshimitsu Yanagawa, Takuya Takahara, Ryosuke Kaneda, Takashi Honma, Takeshi Sakanoi, Akira Miura, Toshinori Ikenaga, Keita OgawaYasunari Masumoto

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Abstract

This paper describes the outline and the five years on-orbit results of the small scientific satellite REIMEI for aurora observations and demonstrations of advanced small satellite technologies. REIMEI is a small satellite with 72 kg mass, and is provided with three-axis attitude control capabilities for aurora observations. REIMEI was launched into a nearly sun synchronous polar orbit on Aug. 23rd, 2005, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, by Dnepr rocket. REIMEI satellite has been satisfactorily working on the orbit for five years at present as of January, 2011. Three-axis control is achieved with accuracy of 0.1° (3σ). Multi-spectrum images of aurora are taken with 8 Hz rate and 2 km spatial resolution to investigate the aurora physics. REIMEI is performing the simultaneous observation of aurora images and particle measurements. REIMEI indicates that even a small satellite launched as a piggy-back can successfully perform unique scientific mission purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-513
Number of pages15
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume69
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1

Keywords

  • Advanced technology demonstration
  • Aurora observation
  • Small instruments
  • Small satellite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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