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CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment

CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment:

NASA is set to launch a groundbreaking CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment (CURIE) mission to unravel the mysteries of solar radio waves.

  • CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment (CURIE) aims to investigate the enigmatic origins of radio waves emanating from the Sun, a phenomenon first observed decades ago.
  • The mission employs an innovative technique called low-frequency radio interferometry, marking its first use in space.
  • CURIE consists of two miniature spacecraft, collectively no larger than a shoebox, which will orbit Earth approximately two miles apart.
  • This separation enables the instruments to detect minute differences in radio wave arrival times, pinpointing their exact solar origin.
  • This spacecraft will measure radio waves in the 0.1 to 19 megahertz range, frequencies blocked by Earth’s upper atmosphere, necessitating space-based observations.
  • CURIE will orbit 360 miles above Earth’s surface to obtain an unobstructed view of the Sun’s radio emissions.
  • Once in orbit, the two CURIE spacecraft will separate, deploy their eight-foot antennas, and begin collecting data.
  • This mission not only promises to advance our understanding of solar phenomena but also paves the way for future space-based radio astronomy endeavors