An atmosphere and plume explorer of the jovian system

Christopher G. Lorenz, Alexander W. Case, Jeffrey D. Pekosh, Drew M. Ahern, Thomas Bernhardt, Sabeeh Butt, Victoria L. Coverstone, Eric A. Eiler, Alexander Ghosh, Patrick Haddox, Alexander Kite, Kevin Lohan, Luiz Felipe Santana dos Santos

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The Atmosphere and Plume Explorer Mission (APEX) is a novel nano-satellite architecture that will place a CubeSat onboard NASA’s proposed Europa Multiple Flyby Mission in the late 2020s. This CubeSat has been designed to perform atmosphere and plume science as well as radiation measurements around both Europa and Io for relatively low cost. The spacecraft described here is a 6U, solar powered CubeSat which will be sent to the Jovian system offering a significant scientific extension of the Europa Clipper mission at a relatively low cost. This represents a flexible mission architecture which can be adjusted to accommodate different mission science priorities as well as changes in the mission of the parent spacecraft. This concept focuses on utilizing only components and technologies that are presently available or will be available in the near-term with minimal development required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103346
StatePublished - 2015
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition, 2015 - Pasadena, United States
Duration: Aug 31 2015Sep 2 2015

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition


OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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