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Solar instruments to launch with SpaceX tomorrow

11 Dec 2017, 17:07 UTC
Solar instruments to launch with SpaceX tomorrow
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A solar instrument package known as TSIS designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet’s climate is set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA
A solar instrument package designed and built by the University of Colorado Boulder to help monitor the planet’s climate is now set for launch on 12 December aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The instrument suite is called the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) and was designed and built by CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The contract value to LASP is £67 million ($90 million) and includes the instrument suite and an associated mission ground system on the CU Boulder campus.
TSIS-1 will launch on a commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo container for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). It will monitor the total amount of sunlight hitting Earth, as well as how the light is distributed among the ultraviolet, visible and infrared wavelengths.
CU Boulder Professor Peter Pilewskie of LASP, lead mission scientist on the project, said ...

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