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Release date- 09072014 - An innovative means of measuring space weather developed by the University was successfully placed into orbit yesterday on a Russian rocket that launched from Baikonur,
The CubeSat, a mini satellite called UKube-1, measures just 30cm by 10cm by 10cm and weighs 3.5kg. Part of a
The University's TOPCAT payload was chosen in a
Space weather is the dynamics of the region of space surrounding the Earth. It involves complex interactions between solar radiation, solar wind, the Earth's magnetic field, and the upper extremes of the atmosphere. It is driven by energetic particles from the Sun which cause solar flares and eruptions and are powerful sources of potentially destructive solar storms.
The most commonly understood example of space weather is the Northern Lights, a colourful display which results due to interaction between the Earth's magnetic field and solar particles which the Sun emits.
At present relatively little is understood about space weather but understanding is growing rapidly and the impact of activity in space increasingly affects everyday life in many important ways. Space weather storms have the potential to damage sensitive satellite components, cause corrosion on oil pipelines and induce current surges strong enough to knock out power grids here on Earth.
Space weather was recently added to the
The University's TOPCAT device was developed by PhD student Talini Pinto Jayawardena, assisted by Professor
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