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Photo of Emil Atz, ENG PhD Candidate ’22, gesturing with his hands and talking with Jacqueline Bachrach (ENG’23), seen at left in profile, about the CuPID (Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector) June 30 in the Walsh Lab in Photonics. Both are on the team which built the spacecraft, but Bachrach, who designed software for CuPID remotely, was seeing it for the first time. Both wear blue lab coats, hair bonnets, face masks and gloves. The device is about the size of a small brief case and has what look like mini-solar panels on top of it.
July 8, 2021
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A Different Kind of CuPID

PhD student Emil Atz (ENG’22) (right) and Jacqueline Bachrach (ENG’23) are members of the Walsh Lab team that built the CuPID (Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector) Cubesat Observatory spacecraft, a collaboration among BU, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace Corporation, and several other academic institutions. In orbit, the 6U spacecraft, roughly the size of a toaster oven, will carry a wide field-of-view soft X-ray telescope and will measure soft X-rays emitted from the process of charge-exchange when plasma from the solar wind collides with neutral atoms in the Earth’s distant atmosphere. The spatial and temporal patterns of X-ray images will be used to address scientific questions. CuPID is scheduled to launch in September. June 30 photo by Cydney Scott