e-POP (Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe)


The Institute for Space Imaging Science at the University of Calgary is leading the development of the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP), a scientific payload for CASSIOPE, the first, made-in-Canada multi-purpose small satellite mission from the Canadian Space Agency. The e-POP payload will be carried by CASSIOPE into an elliptical polar orbit, circling the globe at altitudes between 300 and 1500 km. Once launched in 2011, e-POP's eight scientific instruments will collect new data on space storms and associated plasma outflows in the upper atmosphere and their potentially devastating impacts on radio communications, GPS navigation, and other space-based technologies.