2022 ISS award, PI Dave Klumpar

The IMPRESS CubeSat X-Ray sensor in development at Montana State University by members of the EISSFLAIX proposing team provides the heritage for EISSFLAIX. A soft X-ray sensor carried within IMPRESS will not be implemented on EISSFLAIX.

The EPSCoR ISS Solar Flare Acceleration Investigation through X-rays (EISSFLAIX (pronounced ‘ice flakes’)) investigation is a transformative mission to reveal intricate morphology of solar flare acceleration at high spectral resolution and at unprecedented spatiotemporal scales by deploying a high-cadence, high-sensitivity, dedicated full-sun hard X-ray (HXR) burst detector on International Space Station (ISS). Montana State University (MSU) will build and deliver the scientific instrument that will reveal fast temporal variations in solar hard X-ray flux over a period of 12-months near the maximum of Solar Cycle 25 at an unprecedented cadence revealing fine-scale details of solar particle acceleration during solar flares. The instrument operates for 1-year on ISS returning a treasure trove of high time resolution HXR bursts on hundreds of solar flares ranging from GOES C- to X-Class. When
combined with simultaneous high-resolution imaging observations of the solar transition region/upper chromosphere in optical or ultraviolet passbands obtained by space- or grounded-based telescopes like (IRIS) and (DKIST) the EISSFLAIX investigation will provide crucial information of the spatial structure and magnetic environment of HXR spikes, and lead to progress in understanding properties of source regions and acceleration mechanisms of non-thermal electrons. EISSFLAIX observations and metadata is to be made available through the Virtual Solar Observatory, an element of NASA Open Data Portal. Results will be published in the open
scientific literature. 


Contact Info

Mail Dave Klummpar
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
E-mail: Dave Klumpar
Website: Space Science and Engineering Laboratory