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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Mass Spectrometer with 360 deg FOV and keV Energy Range

Completed Technology Project

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Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer to fly on ExoCube

Ion and neutral mass spectrometers for CubeSat applications will be expanded to a larger aperture. With the development of a tiny, gated time-of-flight spectrometer, GSFC will be strategically positioned to win future funding opportunities such as CubeSat constellation missions.

The objective of this proposal is to design, build, and test an engineering model of an ion neutral mass analyzer for CubeSat applications, with expanded aperture. This technology development follow-on proposal heavily leverages a previously developed Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS)—TRL 6—developed through FY14 IRAD, which will be modified to add capabilities beyond the current design.

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