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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Enhancement of the Compact INMS for Cold Ion Drifts, Neutral Winds and Temperatures

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The proposed work implements an enhancement of the INMS to enable high-resolution ion and neutral temperature and drift/wind measurements. This enhanced capability is achieved primarily with a fine angular measurement of the particle velocity distribution function.

This technology development and maturation project extensively leverages design work completed through FY16 IRAD, building on the existing wide-angle mass spectrometer, which has a 360-degree field of view. The enhanced design provides angular resolution of the particle distributions and along-track ion velocity.

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