Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 – 23 September 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 September – 23 September 2022
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 16, EPSC2022-875, 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
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HANKA - cubesat space high resolution mass analyser

Jan Zabka1, Miroslav Polášek1, Ylja Zymak1,2, Michal Lacko1, Nikola Sixtová1, Jean-Pierre Lebreton3, Arnaud Sanderink3, and Marwa Kashkoul1,3
Jan Zabka et al.
  • 1J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Dolejškova 3, Prague, Czech Republic(
  • 2ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 2, Prague 18221, Czech Republic
  • 3Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E), UMR7328 CNRS/Université d’Orléans/CNES, 3A, Avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans, France

Application of mass spectrometry in the space exploration has recently become a hot topic. It can be used for the analysis of space dust, micrometeorites and particles from larger objects.

For the Czech SLAVIA (Space Laboratory for Advanced Variable Instruments and Applications) satellite project (expected to be launched in 2026 to the SSO 600km orbit) was designed the HANKA (Hmotnostný ANalyzér pre Kozmické Aplikace) space instrument - a high-resolution Orbitrap-based  electrostatic ion trap mass analyser. The instrument is based on a commercial mass analyser1 established in biology and medicine research, the so-called Orbitrap™  and the space CosmOrbitrap prototype (developed by LPC2E Orleans2). HANKA will bring this new technology into space to combine a CubeSat space version (4U) of this ion trap analyzer with an innovative in-situ hypervelocity impact ionization source for micrometeoroids.

A laboratory version of this instrument (CIARA) is currently under construction, where ions can be generated by three different methods:

  • Photons with molecules in the liquid phase (coupled with experiment LILBID
    (Laser Induced Liquid Bead Ion Desorption)
  • Electrons with molecules in the gas phase (EI source)
  • Photons with solid-phase molecules (MALDI or Laser Ablation)

    Based on the results obtained on the laboratory prototype, a CubeSat version of the high-resolution space mass spectrometer - HANKA - will be constructed.



    1Makarov, A.; Anal. Chem. 2000, 72, 1156–1162.

    2Briois C, Thissen R, Thirkell L, et al.; Planet Space Sci. 2016, 131, 33‐45.

    3Zymak Y. et al.; article in preparation

How to cite: Zabka, J., Polášek, M., Zymak, Y., Lacko, M., Sixtová, N., Lebreton, J.-P., Sanderink, A., and Kashkoul, M.: HANKA - cubesat space high resolution mass analyser, Europlanet Science Congress 2022, Granada, Spain, 18–23 Sep 2022, EPSC2022-875,, 2022.


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