16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-116
Paper 13093-116

Preflight characterization of the SPRITE CubeSat: a far-UV imaging spectrograph for stellar feedback in local galaxies

On demand | Presented live 17 June 2024

Abstract

Feedback from massive stars through their host galaxies is a crucial driver of galaxy evolution. Massive stars also emit ionizing radiation, a fraction of which escapes into the intergalactic medium. The Supernova remnants/Proxies for Reionization and Integrated Testbed Experiment (SPRITE) is a 12U CubeSat that will observe these processes via its imaging spectrograph. We present the results of ground testing of the flight SPRITE instrument and demonstrate the capabilities of SPRITE’s unique technological developments, including advanced UV mirror coatings and a low-background microchannel plate detector, providing flight heritage for Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) and future missions.

Presenter

Maitland Bowen
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
Maitland Bowen is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and is the lead graduate student on the SPRITE CubeSat mission at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. She obtained her B.S. in Physics and Interdisciplinary Astronomy from the University of Michigan in 2021. In her undergraduate career, she designed optical models for Simons Observatory, researched coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering for the Center for Neutrino Physics at Virginia Tech, and worked on the Sample Caching System testing team for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission at NASA JPL.
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Maitland Bowen
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Brian T. Fleming
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Dmitry Vorobiev
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Donal O'Sullivan
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Kevin C. France
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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William Snyder
Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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Lab. for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
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The Catholic Univ. of America (United States), NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
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Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
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Sensor Sciences, LLC (United States)
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Sensor Sciences, LLC (United States)