The Taranis satellite will be launched into orbit from the Kourou space base on the night of 16-17 November 2020.
Piloted by CNES, the mission aims to better understand certain transitory light and radiation phenomena observed above storms (elves, sprites, blue jets, "terrestrial gamma flash" (TGF), etc.) and will last about four years.
To complete the Taranis mission, educational projects will involve young people and, more broadly, citizens in scientific observation from the ground (Belisma project) and in flight (cosmic on air project).
The Belisama project provides teaching teams with gamma spectrometers specially designed to measure the X-ray flashes emitted in storms and thus enable high school students to analyse the data collected and possibly study the correlations with the Taranis data. A rapprochement with the citizen science project OpenRadiation is underway aiming at a wider sharing of Belisama data using the OpenRadiation data sharing platform.
The Cosmic on air project aims to collect dose rate data measured by passengers on board airliners (using the OpenRadiation platform). In addition to cosmic radiation, one of the objectives of this project is to make available data relating to sporadic radiative phenomena that can generate additional irradiation such as solar flares and TGFs.
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