A novel astronomical application for formation flying small satellites

Marinus Jan Bentum, C.J.M. Verhoeven, A.J. Boonstra, A.J. van der Veen, E.K.A. Gill

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    OLFAR, Orbiting Low Frequency Antennas for Radio Astronomy, will be a space mission to observe the universe frequencies below 30 MHz, as it was never done before with an orbiting telescope. Because of the ionospheric scintillations below 30 MHz and the opaqueness of the ionosphere below 15 MHZ, a space mission is the only opportunity for this as yet unexplored frequency range in radio astronomy. The frequency band is scientifically very interesting for exploring the early cosmos at higt hydrogen redshifts, the so-called dark-ages and the epoch of reionization, the discovery of planetary and solar bursts in other solar systems, for obtaining a tomographic view of space weather, ultra-high energy cosmic rays and for many other astronomical areas of interest.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)8-15
    Number of pages8
    JournalTijdschrift van het Nederlands Elektronica- en Radiogenootschap
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


    • EWI-21345
    • IR-79462
    • METIS-285038

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