Late final week the Canadian Area Company (CSA) opened up the Cycle three science visitor statement program for the NEOSSat house telescope.
The CSA describes the telescope and this opportunity as as follows:
“The Canadian NEOSSat micro-satellite orbits in a sun-synchronous orbit at 785 km altitude over the terminator of the Earth with a 100 min interval (15 orbits per day). NEOSSat, with heritage from the MOST house telescope, options: onboard star catalog enabling speedy all-sky goal acquisition; an prolonged baffle for low photo voltaic elongations observations; correct monitoring of shifting objects; and a shutter enabling darkish pictures.”
“The Canadian Area Company (CSA) solicits proposals for the acquisition and evaluation of recent scientific information from the NEOSSat (Close to-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite tv for pc) house telescope. Unaffected by day/night time and climate circumstances, NEOSSat is ready to carry out space-based imaging together with conducting photometric research with precision enough to carry out asteroseismology research and different variability analyses of stars and exoplanet methods. NEOSSat has already demonstrated imaging and photometry of sure exoplanet transits (see instance in Appendix A1). NEOSSat is well-suited for the examine of near-Earth asteroids or comets because it gives near-Solar observing capabilities and might present direct parallax measurements of close by objects as a consequence of its orbit round Earth. That is demonstrated in examples proven in Appendix A2, and Ref 4.c. Astrometric observations have been submitted to the Minor Planet Heart, underneath NEOSSat’s observatory code C53.”
“The intent of this AO is to supply statement time on NEOSSat to the scientific group on a aggressive foundation. CSA shouldn’t be planning to problem grants as a part of this announcement of alternative (AO). Profitable candidates will retrieve requested information on the CSA open information portal or from the CADC. There shall be no proprietary interval utilized to the acquired datasets. (Word that each one information from earlier cycles can be found on CADC and CSA Open Data portal.)”
The appliance deadline is February 25, and because it occurs that’s the eighth anniversary since is launched.