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New conjunctive CubeSat and balloon measurements to quantify rapid energetic electron precipitation

Relativistic electron precipitation into the atmosphere can contribute significant losses to the outer radiation belt. In particular, rapid narrow precipitation features termed precipitation bands have been hypothesized to be an integral contributor to relativistic electron precipitation loss, but quantification of their net effect is still needed. Here we investigate precipitation bands as measured at low earth orbit by the Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (CSSWE) CubeSat. Two precipitation bands of MeV electrons w ...

Blum, L.; Schiller, Q.; Li, X.; Millan, R.; Halford, A.; Woodger, L.;

YEAR: 2013     DOI: 10.1002/2013GL058546

CubeSats; precipitation; Radiation belts; Van Allen Probes