Mars Array of Ionospheric Research Satellites Forming the Constellation for Aeronomy and Tomography

The MARSCAT Mission will be a multiple 6U CubeSat mission to study the ionosphere of Mars. The mission will investigate the plasma and magnetic structure of the Martian ionosphere, including how the ionosphere responds to solar wind dynamics, what small scale structures exist in the lower ionosphere of Mars, and what processes are responsible for the maintainance of the nighttime ionosphere. The Mars transit proposed is piggy back with a major mission such as Mars 2020, using a CAT burn or a carrier burn for Mars Orbit Injection (MOI). We are proposing to develop the MarsCAT concept further during the Deep Space Small Sat Concept Study opportunity.