The Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) Mission

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
William R Johnston, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM, United States and James Parker McCollough II, Kirtland Air Force Base, Kirtland AFB, NM, United States
In 2016, the Air Force Research Laboratory will launch its Demonstration and Science Experiments mission to investigate wave-particle interactions and the particle and space environment in medium Earth orbit (MEO). The DSX spacecraft includes three experiment packages. The Wave Particle Interaction Experiment (WPIx) will perform active and passive investigations involving VLF waves and their interaction with plasma and energetic electrons in MEO. The Space Weather Experiment (SWx) includes five particle instruments to survey the MEO electron and proton environment. The Space Environmental Effects Experiment (SFx) will investigate effects of the MEO environment on electronics and materials. We will describe the capabilities of the DSX science payloads, science plans, and opportunities for collaborative studies such as conjunction observations and far-field measurements.