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Payload 04 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2015 - 04

University of Calgary
Payload Title:

Stratospheric Photography and Radio Impulse of Transient-Luminous Emissions

Student Leader:
  • Matthew Patrick
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Calgary
  • Science B, Room 628
  • 2500 University Drive N.W.
  • Calgary,Alberta T2N 1N4
  • Email:matthew.ryan.patrick@ucalgary.ca
  • Cell:1-403-477-4395
  • Fax:1-403-289-3331
Faculty Advisor:
  • Christopher Cully
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Calgary
  • Science B, Room 631
  • 2500 University Drive N.W.
  • Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
  • Email:cmcully@ucalgary.ca
  • Office:1-403-220-6088
  • Cell:1-403-807-3309
  • Fax:1-403-289-3331
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
0.772 kg
260 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/26/2015
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/07/2015
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 08/03/2015
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/11/2015
The SPRITE (Stratospheric Photography and Radio Impulse of Transient-Luminous Emissions) experiment is a small HASP payload proposed for launch on HASP in 2015. SPRITE will combine measurements of very low frequency (VLF) radio waves with images of transient luminous phenomena (TLEs) to measure the scattering of artificial VLF sources by TLEs. SPRITE is designed to be flown as a future 2U CubeSat mission, and to test a VLF receiver developed for the University of Calgary ABOVE2 high altitude flights to take place in 2016. Scientific objectives include the detection of sferics associated with sprites in order to identify variations in their radio signatures that may be related to differences in size, time-scale and morphology, and the investigation of the scattering of signals from terrestrial VLF radio transmitters by sprite radio emissions. The technical objectives are the testing of the VLF receiver at stratospheric altitudes and the development of the TLE imaging system suitable for development on a future CubeSat mission.
Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report: