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TwinSat

Twin Sat in orbit


TwinSat is a proposed Russia-UK mission to study earthquake precursor signals.

There is now a body of evidence to indicate that coupling occurs between the Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere prior to earthquake events. Nevertheless the physics of these phenomena and the possibilities of their use as part of an earthquake early warning system remain poorly understood. TwinSat is proposed to create much greater understanding in this area through the deployment of a dedicated space asset along with coordinated ground stations, modelling and the creation of a highly accessible database. The space element would comprise two co-orbiting spacecraft (TwinSat) involving a microsatellite (Russia) and a nanosatellite (UK), each including a suite of science instruments appropriate to this study. Over a mission duration of 3 years ~ 400 earthquakes in the range 6-6.9 on the Richter scale would be ‘observed’. Ultimately such a programme is a prerequisite for an effective earthquake early warning system.

TwinSat Collaboration

TwinSat Description given at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 16th March 2011 as part of the 50 year Gagarin Celebrations

More details of the TwinSat project

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