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

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SISTINE will study how light from stars affects the atmospheres of the planets around them, including the gases thought to be signs of life. For the upcoming flight, SISTINE will measure the ultraviolet light output from α Centauri A and B, two stars of the three-star α Centauri system that are the closest stars to our Sun.

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

The SISTINE mission is scheduled to be launched from Equatorial Launch Australia.