The ionosphere is the edge of space where the sun ionizes the air in Earth’s atmosphere to create constantly shifting streams and sheets of charged particles.
The NASA-funded satellite, called the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, will complement observations from a sister satellite also scheduled for launch in 2017: the Global Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD. GOLD is being led by the University of Central Florida, though UC Berkeley space scientist Scott England works on both missions.
The complete article by Robert Sanders of Berkeley News is here:
Recently at the annual AGU, American Geophysical Union, meetings in San Francisco, Dr. Thomas Immel Discusses the ICON mission and NRL, Naval Research Labs, MIGHTI instrument. See the video: