Wincs/Swats Initial on-Orbit Performance Results

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 11:32 AM
Andrew C Nicholas, Naval Research Lab DC, Washington, DC, United States, Federico A Herrero, Space Systems Research Corporation, Glenn Dale, MD, United States, Andrew W Stephan, Naval Research Lab DC, Space Science Division, Washington, DC, United States and Theodore T Finne, US Naval Rsrch Lab-Space Sci, Washington, DC, United States
The Winds-Ions-Neutral Composition Suite (WINCS) instrument, also know as the Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer (SWATS), was designed and developed jointly by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for ionosphere-thermosphere investigations in orbit between 120 and 550 km altitude. The WINCS design provides the following measurements in a single package with a low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP): 7.6 x 7.6 x 7.1 cm outer dimensions, 0.75 kg total mass, and about 1.3 Watt total power: neutral winds, neutral temperature, neutral density, neutral composition, ion drifts, ion temperature, ion density and ion composition. The instrument is currently operating on the International Space Station (Sep. 2013) and on the STP-Sat3 spacecraft (Nov. 2013). Initial on-orbit results of the instrument will be presented.