Short life and abrupt death of PicSat, a small 3U CubeSat dreaming of exoplanet detection

@inproceedings{Nowak2018ShortLA,
  title={Short life and abrupt death of PicSat, a small 3U CubeSat dreaming of exoplanet detection},
  author={Mathias Nowak and S. Lacour and Antoine Crouzier and Lester David and Vincent Lapeyr{\`e}re and Guillaume Schworer},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
  year={2018}
}
  • Mathias Nowak, S. Lacour, +3 authors Guillaume Schworer
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    Astronomical Telescopes…
    2018
  • Engineering, Physics
  • PicSat was a three unit CubeSat (measuring 30 cm Χ 10 cm Χ 10 cm) which was developed to monitor the β Pictoris system. The main science objective was the detection of a possible transit of the giant planet β Pictoris b's Hill sphere. Secondary objectives included studying the circumstellar disk, and detecting exocomets in the visible band. The mission also had a technical objective: demonstrate our ability to inject starlight in a single mode fiber, on a small satellite platform. To answer all… CONTINUE READING

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