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Fauna, one of the PropCube (Propagation CubeSat) series of 1U CubeSats are ionospheric research satellites to measure artificial ionization.

The satellites were developed by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and provided by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc.

The cubesats are performing dual frequency ionospheric calibration measurements of ionospheric electron density and irregularities. They performing measurements of total electron content by differential group delay, of plasma irregularities by amplitude and phase scintillations and detection of artificial ionization and irregularities generated by the HAARP, Arecibo and Sura high frequency facilities.

Alternate Names

  • 43052
  • PropCube 1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-11-12
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 1 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA Jet Proplusion Laboratory (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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