ASIM was launched succesfully 2 April 2018 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: NASA)

ASIM: Climate and giant lightning to be studied from ISS

2 april 2018 the ASIM mission was launched succesfully with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. It is now mounted on the Columbus module on the at the outside of the International Space Station, ISS.

ASIM will study lightning in the atmosphere above thunderstorms and observe meteors, water vapor, clouds, aerosols and their interplay in the atmosphere. ASIM is expected to give new insights into climate processes that can improve climate models by quantifying the effect of electrical and chemical processes at the space-atmosphere boundary. 

The ASIM mission is realized through the European Space Agency, ESA. The National Space Institute of the Danish Technical University (DTU Space) provides the scientific leadership. The Danish company, Terma, has the technical leadership. Other major partners include the University of Valencia in Spain, and the University of Bergen in Norway.

 

Latest news on the ASIM project from DTU Space