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RAVAN stands for "Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes" and is a 3-Unit CubeSat mission funded by the NASA Earth Science Technology Office and operated by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. The mission aims to demonstrate the technology needed for the measurement of the absolute imbalance of Earth's radiation budget – a valuable parameter for climate research.

Alternate Names

  • 41849

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-11-11
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 5 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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