MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State University scientists are hoping to build and fly a series of satellites on NASA missions similar to objects they build and launched into orbit last year.
Morehead State Space Center Director Ben Malphrus told The Independent (http://bit.ly/12Wb702 ) the satellites would collect data scientists would use to produce the most precise measurement ever made of the diffuse X-ray background emanating from the early universe."
"This work and these measurements will provide insight into the physics of the early universe,"?Malphrus said.
The satellite is the CXBN, one of the breadloaf-sized cubesats that are revolutionizing space missions, making space accessible to smaller universities and the private sector.
When the first satellite was launched in September 2012 as a secondary payload on a NASA?rocket, it marked the first launch and successful orbital deployment and operation of a satellite entirely built in Kentucky.
The CXBN?-2 would be an improved version that would make more precise measurements.
The satellite in orbit now was mostly successful in terms of packaging the technology and getting it into orbit, but less so in delivering measurements as precise as needed, Malphrus said.
What scientists learned from the first satellite's shortcomings they will use in designing the revised one, and Malphrus envisions a series of satellites, all made in Morehead.
The next mission for the revised satellite is a couple of years in the future, and a long-range goal is mapping the entire sky, Malphrus said.
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com