SunCET

Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker

Examining how massive solar explosions accelerate

The Solar Corona Ejection Tracker is a 6U CubeSat jointly developed by LASP and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. It will take pictures of the sun in extreme ultraviolet light to fill in a crucial gap in the Heliophysics System Observatory that, to date, has been unable to see coronal mass ejections during the phase where they undergo the bulk of their acceleration. SunCET will provide the observations needed to discriminate between the numerous competing theories we already have for how the sun ejects these massive clouds of plasma. 

Mission Class:

CubeSats

Mission Status:

Future

LASP Roles:

Research, Instruments, Data, Mission Operations, Lead Institute

Science Target:

Sun

Mission Focus:

Solar Physics, Space Weather
Logo for the SunCET mission

Launch Date: scheduled 2025
Prime Mission: 8 Months

Co-lead Institutions: LASP and Applied Physics Laboratory

Lead Funding Agency: NASA Heliophysics

Partners: Goddard Space Flight Center, NCAR High Altitude Observatory, Naval Research Laboratory, SouthWest Research Institute, NorthWest Research Associates