UNH Research Institute To Celebrate, Detail New Multimillion Dollar
Contact: David Sims
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Sept. 26, 2005
WHAT: The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and
Space (EOS) at the University of New Hampshire will celebrate and
give details of a new $8-plus million “operational”
satellite project that will involve scientists, engineers, and students
at the university for years to come.
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2005.
WHERE: EOS, Morse Hall, Durham campus. Parking will be available
behind Morse Hall, 39 College Road.
BACKGROUND: Astrophysicist James Connell’s Angle Detecting
Inclined Sensor or ADIS is the heart of an instrument being designed
at UNH for a new generation of weather satellites. ADIS will be
central to the High Energy Particle Sensor (HEPS) that will fly
on upcoming National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite
System or NPOESS missions.
The HEPS-ADIS instrument will identify high-energy, heavy ions (charged
particles) in space that can bombard, damage, and disable spacecraft
electronics, and can be a danger to humans in space or on polar-route
aircraft. UNH has a long, rich history of building hardware for
space missions doing pure investigative science. HEPS-ADIS will
be the first so-called operational mission, meaning that the instrument
will be collecting data to be used in real-time. In addition, an
operational mission implies that more instruments will be built
(and possibly improved upon) for future missions as spacecraft age
and are replaced.
NPOESS is a multi-agency, multibillion-dollar program that consolidates
existing polar-orbiting, Earth-observing satellite systems under
a single, ongoing national program. These next-generation satellites
will collect and disseminate data on Earth's weather, atmosphere,
oceans, land, and near-space environment. The polar orbiters are
able to monitor the entire planet and provide data for long-range
weather and climate forecasts. In addition, they are able to monitor
the forces that control “space weather” – coronal
mass ejections from the sun and disturbances in the Earth's magnetic
The UNH team will build two identical HEPS instruments for delivery
sometime in the 2010-11 timeframe.
Editors: After a brief presentation on the mission details, UNH
scientists involved in the mission, EOS director Berrien Moore,
and others will be available to answer reporters’ questions.