BackForward Satellite: CASSIOPE 

Satellite details
Full name Cascade SmallSat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the CASSIOPE programme.
  • Main mission: Space weather in the Magnetosphere.
  • Elliptical orbit, perigee 300 km, apogee 1500 km.
Mass at launch 490 kg Dry mass 490 kg
Power 600 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the Science Operations Center (SOC), University of Calgary.
Orbit Cross-magnetosphere orbit Altitude 670 km
Inclination 80.97 °


Space agency CSA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)

Loss of 2nd momentum wheel means spacecraft cannot be controlled any longer so it is inactive even though some of instruments are still working.

Launch 29 Sep 2013 EOL 17 Dec 2021
Last update: 2022-01-26
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Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on CASSIOPE

Acronym Full name
IRM Imaging and Rapid-scanning Ion Mass Spectrometer
SEI Suprathermal Electron Imager
FAI Fast Auroral Imager
NMS Neutral Mass and Velocity Spectrometer
MGF Magnetic Field Instrument
RRI Radio Receiver Instrument
GAP GPS Attitude and Positioning Experiment
CER Coherent Electromagnetic Radiation
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