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Payload 11 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2023 - 11

McMaster University
Payload Title:

The Electron Spectrometer Telescope {EST)

Student Leader:
  • Benjamin Dyer
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Andrei Hanu
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Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 6/29/23
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 7/29/23
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 7/21/23
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/08/23
Energetic electrons within Earth's radiation belts often undergo scattering causing them to interact with the atmosphere. In doing so, the energetic particles produce strange nitrogen and hydrogen atoms which catalytically deplete the ozone layer. The effects and impact of energetic electron precipitation are not well understood due to a lack of high-resolution angular electron spectra. To address this measurement gap, we are developing the Pitch REsolving Spectroscopy for Electron Transport (PRESET) mission. PRESET will be composed of the Electron Spectrometer Telescope {EST), which when combined with a magnetometer will be able to measure precipitating electron spectra with high angular resolution. The EST will be capable of distinguishing between electrons and protons while rejecting events from gamma rays, muons, and heavier ions. A balloon flight will allow for the EST instrument to be tested in a near space environment measuring primary and secondary galactic cosmic rays and their secondary particles. Successful mechanical and electrical designs from the HASP 2017, 2018, and 2021 missions will be used with minor modifications to accelerate the development process and allow the team to focus on ensuring an operational instrument is completed for HASP 2023 capable of collecting, processing, and transmitting spectral data.
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