Monitoring of gamma-ray bursts with a fleet of nanosatellites

Jakub Řípa, Norbert Werner, András Pál, Masanori Ohno, Norbert Tarcai, Kento Torigoe, Koji Tanaka, Nagomi Uchida, László Mészáros, Gábor Galgóczi, Yasushi Fukazawa, Tsunefumi Mizuno, Hiromitsu Takahashi, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Zsolt Várhegyi, Teruaki Enoto, Hirokazu Odaka, Yuto Ichinohe, Z. Frei, László Kiss

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We present the results of our feasibility study for a fleet of nano-satellites to perform an all sky monitoring and timing-based localisation of gamma-ray transients. The fleet of nine satellites of the CubeSat standard equipped with scintillator based soft gamma-ray detectors will measure the time difference between the arrival of the signal at the different satellites (the time will be synchronised using GPS) and determine the location of bright gamma-ray bursts in the sky by triangulation. The satellites will downlink the data about the detected transient within minutes, enabling rapid follow-up observations at other wavelengths.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event69th International Astronautical Congress: #InvolvingEveryone, IAC 2018 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: Oct 1 2018Oct 5 2018


  • Constellation of satellites
  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational waves
  • Nanosatellites
  • Scintillators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Řípa, J., Werner, N., Pál, A., Ohno, M., Tarcai, N., Torigoe, K., Tanaka, K., Uchida, N., Mészáros, LÃ., Galgóczi, GÃ., Fukazawa, Y., Mizuno, T., Takahashi, H., Nakazawa, K., Várhegyi, Z., Enoto, T., Odaka, H., Ichinohe, Y., Frei, Z., & Kiss, LÃ. (2018). Monitoring of gamma-ray bursts with a fleet of nanosatellites. Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, 2018-October.