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The CHIPS instrument is designed to provide key information about the power radiated by the hot gas in the ISM in the range of 160-260 Ĺ . The CHIPS instrument was fabricated at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley, and carried aboard a dedicated mini-satellite, called CHIPSat, provided by SpaceDev, Inc.  The illustration (right) shows the path of light as it enters CHIPS' detectors.

The launch vehicle  for the CHIPsat was a Boeing Delta II; its primary payload was NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation satellite (ICESat). CHIPSat was attached to the second stage of the Delta II.

To learn more about the mission go to the mission website: http://chips.ssl.berkeley.edu/


CHIPsat launch from Vandenberg Airforce Base, CA

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CHIPsat, shown separating from the second stage.

 


Mission Operations Ground Station, Berkeley, CA