Advanced Ionospheric Monitor using a High-sensitivity Imager (AIM-HI)
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DOD / USAF
The objective of this proposal is to conduct a detailed design study in Phase I for the next generation space-based FUV imaging sensors that will yield key ionospheric parameters necessary for use with the forecasting models. At the end of Phase I, the design of Advanced Ionospheric Monitor using a High-sensitivity Imager (AIM-HI) is expected to be matured to a point that an engineering model could be manufactured in Phase II. AIM-HI is a highly sensitive (higher than TIP), small (~5inx5inx10in), lightweight (~5Kg), modular (and flexible) sensor that demands very little spacecraft resources (~5 watts). We are aware of no other wide-field sensor that can perform narrow band imaging proposed by AIM-HI. It can easily be extended to other wavelengths for ionospheric and upper atmospheric remote sensing applications. The proposing team has over 70 years of combined experience with space instrumentation. Most of the experience centers around the detection, imaging, spectral analysis and modeling of very low light level UV emissions. The team is ideally suited to develop the miniature space based sensor for ionospheric and upper atmospheric remote monitoring.
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