NASA announced that it will launch a mission to study a giant solar particle storm. The mission will be called Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) and will cost $62.6 million. NASA is hoping to launch the mission by July 23. The mission will be operational for 12-months.
The SunRISE will consist of six CubeSats, every six units in size and placed just above the geostationary satellites. These satellites will fly in a special pattern to form a virtual radio telescope and will observe radio images of low-frequency emission from solar activity. They will then send down the data via a deep space network.
The mission will study how and when those solar particles originate from the sun. In addition, it will also map the pattern of magnetic field lines. Scientists believe that by such observations we can understand what causes the formation of major solar storms.
Hello, SunRISE. This new @NASASun mission will study the causes of solar particle storms — giant surges of solar particles that erupt off the Sun.
— NASA (@NASA) March 30, 2020
“We are so pleased to add a new mission to our fleet of spacecraft that help us better understand the Sun, as well as how our star influences the space environment between planets,” said Nicky Fox, director of NASA’s Heliophysics Division. “The more we know about how the Sun erupts with space weather events, the more we can mitigate their effects on spacecraft and astronauts.”