Twentesat - the first low-frequency interferometer in space

Marinus Jan Bentum

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    Abstract

    Low frequency radio astronomy, observing at frequencies below 30 MHz, is one of the last unexplored frequency ranges, and is one of the topics receiving increased interest in astronomy. Since Earth-based observations at those frequencies are not possible, observations have to be done in space. In the OLFAR (Orbiting Low Frequency Array for Radio Astronomy) program we investigate a space-based radio telescope concept. The first step in the program is a demonstrator mission in which we demonstrate the reception of low-frequency data and perform interferometry in space. The (student based) project, Twentesat, aims at a Cubesat mission in which an interferometer of two receivers is created in space. In this paper we explore this idea in more detail.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2012)
    Place of PublicationParis, France
    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    PagesB4.2.6
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)1995-6258
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2012
    Event63rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2012 - Naples, Italy
    Duration: 1 Oct 20125 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 63

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    ISSN (Print)1995-6258

    Conference

    Conference63rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2012
    Abbreviated titleIAC
    CountryItaly
    CityNaples
    Period1/10/125/10/12

    Keywords

    • METIS-289730
    • EWI-22355
    • IR-81943

    Cite this

    Bentum, M. J. (2012). Twentesat - the first low-frequency interferometer in space. In 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2012) (pp. B4.2.6). Paris, France: International Astronautical Federation (IAF).