Los Alamos National Laboratory Awards Satellite Mission Contract to NanoAvionics US

  • First satellite mission hosting a high-energy astrophysics payload by LANL in 20 years
  • Dedicated nanosatellite mission to measure cosmic diffuse gamma-ray (CDG) background

COLUMBIA, Ill., USA, December 8, 2021 (NanoAvionics PR) – Smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics US has received a mission contract by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. The 12U (1U equals 10 × 10 × 10 cm3) spacecraft, about the size of a microwave oven, will host the Mini Astrophysical MeV Background Observatory (MAMBO) mission.

The goal of MAMBO is to make the best-ever measurement of the cosmic diffuse gamma-ray (CDG) background using its on-board, innovative gamma-ray detector. This will be the first satellite mission hosting a high-energy astrophysics payload developed by LANL in 20 years. The MAMBO detector utilizes Bismuth Germanate (BGO) scintillator detectors and silicon photo-multiplier (SiPM) light sensors arranged in a unique shielding configuration to achieve highly sensitive gamma-ray sensing from low-Earth orbit (LEO).