“Simulating the Performance of Ocean-Observing Imaging Payloads for Nanosatellites”


Earth’s oceans are the largest defining feature of our planet and arguably an invaluable resource. Consequences of climate change threaten to have substantial and irreversible negative effects on our oceans, making it crucial to quickly understand and quantify behavioral changes resulting from increased human impact. Near-continuous, large-scale monitoring from space is revolutionizing methods for monitoring and forecasting ocean behavior. Nanosatellite platforms offer a potential solution for large-scale deployment of ocean-sensing instruments that provide detailed measurements of critical characteristics. M​onitoring these key features provides valuable insight to behavioral changes within the context of our shifting climate.

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  • Date: 09 Sep 2021
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
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  • Starts 01 June 2021 10:57 AM
  • Ends 07 September 2021 07:00 PM
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Candence Brea Payne

Candence Brea Payne


Cadence Payne is a 4th year PhD student in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation Laboratory advised by Dr. Kerri Cahoy. Her research at MIT focuses on technology development for small, Earth-observing spacecraft called CubeSats. She is currently the lead Systems Engineer for the Auroral Emission Radio Observer (AERO), a 3U CubeSat that uses a 4-meter vector sensor antenna to probe low-frequency emission from the Earth's aurora. She is also supporting AEROS, a joint mission with MIT Portugal that collects data for climate and weather monitoring via ocean observations. ​She graduated from Morehead State University in 2017 with a BS in Space Science and a minor in astronomy.