Occulter for CubeSat Coronagraph

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-37632
Published September 01, 2020 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed SpOC Cube, a complete coronagraph that fits into a 6U CubeSat. SpoC Cube is designed to minimize noise from the coronagraph that can interfere with data collection and analysis. One way to avoid this light contamination is to place the occulter as far away from the instrument as possible. SpoC Cube’s occulter is a full seven feet away, nearly twice as far as in the STEREO spacecraft that collects similar data. Additional noise reduction is achieved by using a spherical-shaped occulter rather than a flat disk (think nature’s most effective occulter, the Moon).