An Areostationary CubeSat Mission to Monitor the Weather on Mars

ExoTerra and the Space Science Institute were selected by NASA to study the use of a CubeSat to observe Dust Storms on Mars. The award is part of NASA’s Deep Space Small Satellite program to investigate the use of small satellites in space exploration to reduce mission cost. The mission uses ExoTerra’s Solar Electric Propulsion system to place the CubeSat in an Aerostationary orbit above the planet for the first time. From this vantage, the vehicle can continuously monitor the formation and decay of dust storms throughout a Martian year. ExoTerra will perform the satellite design for the mission.

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