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UK’s SOLIS Will Use CubeSats To Monitor And Study Solar Storms

SULIS, named after the Celtic Sun Goddess is a UK led science mission designed to question on the physics of solar storms. Using the futuristic UK technology to monitor solar storms, Dr. Eammon Scullion of Northumbria University will be revealing his plans in the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy meeting in Lancaster on July 3.

Leading with the fund, the undertaking derives to understand the nature of solar eruptions and track massive magnetic clouds of charged gas travelling at accelerated speed to Earth.

Dr. Scullion explains those to understand these magnetic clouds consists of, the matter they contain, their speed and calculate the damage done to Earth, SULIS uses the application of high definition remote sensing in 3D.

Results of this coral mass ejection creates mass blackout causing damage to GPS tracking, electronic blackouts and satellite failures due to the solar storm developed by the Sun’s release of solar flares which launches magnetic clouds of charged gas.

As this extreme space weather is a global threat and unavoidable, SULIS will study the basic function to predict accurately for future high impact. Dr. Huw Morgan, SULIS Co-Investigator will join the group of scientists from Aberystwyth University on July 2. The eclipse is believed to create ideal conditions for testing high-tech compact hyper-spectral imager which is to be added to the SULIS’s inventory providing HD images of solar corona.

SULIS will create an eclipse to directly measure the components of the faint light from the corona and study its magnetic field. To avoid hardware and data telemetry in Low Earth Orbit satellites, the mission uses laser communication and laser power transfer in space.

The SULIS requires an additional aid with forming pairs over the other providing requiring more power and as a result will be advocated through laser power exchange under stable sunlight.

These “dead” satellites’ ability to transfer power will aid in future endeavors increasing longevity and administer the space debris crisis. Scullion and the team are excited in the development of expanding UK’s role in solar physics. SULIS will advance the on-going and future prospects from NASA and ESA’s planned space weather missions along with paving way for future space weather instruments.