Suborbital Imaging Spectrograph for Transition region Irradiance from Nearby Exoplanet host stars (SISTINE)

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SISTINE's imaging ca-pability and spectral resolution allow the investigation of low-mass star UV environments and their effects on potential exoplanet atmospheres. SISTINE provides spectral coverage from 100 -160nm, a range not covered by any current orbital asset; this range spans strong atomic emission lines tracing various formation temperatures in the stellar atmosphere.

The Principal Investigator was Dr. Kevin France/University of Colorado Boulder.

Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.


Additional sounding rocket vehicles

Google Earth Map showing White Sands Missile Range.

The SISTINE mission will be aunched from White Sands Missile Range, NM.