Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat


The Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat (SPARCS) is a small space telescope about the size and shape of a family-size Cheerios box. The mission which SPARCS will undertake is monitoring the flares and sunspot activity of M-type stars, also called red dwarfs, in the far- and near-ultraviolet. The purpose of this is to assess how habitable the space environment is for planets orbiting them.

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SPARCS is aiming to be ready for launch by the end of 2021 to a Sun-synchronous orbit.