The purpose of the Scintillation Observations and Response of The Ionosphere to Electrodynamics (SORTIE) Mission is to collect data over the course of 6 months, which will allow scientists to describe the distribution of wave-like structures in the plasma density of the ionospheric F-region and to connect these variations to wave sources in the troposphere and in the high latitude thermosphere. SORTIE is a 6U CubeSat that will carry two instruments for determining the structure of equatorial plasma: a miniature Ion Velocity Meter (mini-IVM) built by The University of Texas at Dallas, and a micro Planar Langmuir Probe (μPLP) built by the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque.
SORTIE mission is led by ASTRA LLC. The team is composed of ASTRA, COSMIAC, AFRL, University of Texas at Dallas and Boston College. COSMIAC will be the satellite integrator.