The RAIDS Experiment on the ISS
The RAIDS mission objectives have been re-examined and refocused since its original flight opportunity to accommodate the lower ISS orbit and to account for recent scientific progress. Over the last year RAIDS has undergone a fast-paced hardware modification program to prepare for the ISS mission. The scientific objectives of the new RAIDS experiment are to study the temperature of the lower thermosphere (100–200 km), to measure composition and chemistry of the lower thermosphere and ionosphere, and to measure the initial source of OII 83.4 nm emission. RAIDS will provide valuable data useful for exploring tidal effects in the thermosphere and ionosphere system, validating dayside ionospheric remote sensing methods, and studying local time variations in important chemical and thermal processes.