CINDI (Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigations)

CINDI (Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigations) started out as a NASA Mission of Opportunity, developed by researchers at the University of Texas, Dallas, to understand better the dynamics of the ionosphere. The two CINDI instruments are key components of a United States Air Force program called the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System C/NOFS). CINDI is designed to study the coupling processes between ionized and neutral gases near 400-kilometer altitude. C/NOFS was successfully launched from the underside of a Lockheed L-1011 on April 16, 2008.