VZLUSAT-2 Satellite’s Groundbreaking Images Shed Light on Earth’s Radiation Belts

Getting pictures from the VZLUSAT-2 satellite!

The Czech cubesat has been in orbit for over a year and continues providing us with groundbreaking cosmic weather data, thanks to its unique Timepix detector with a CdTe sensor. This one-of-a-kind combination allows us to capture higher energy levels of cosmic radiation than ever before.

Although the images may look confusing at first glance, they are actually filled with invaluable information about the particles in Earth’s radiation belts. We can better understand the space environment and its effects on our technology and missions by analyzing these data.

Fun fact: We have a similar detector on #VZLUSAT-1 equipped with a Si sensor, and together they performed simultaneous measurements over the last year. That is giving us even more comprehensive insights!

Special shoutout to Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) for wrapping up the entire project and Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe s.r.o. for providing the specialized optics for the detector. Keep up the great work!

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