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Design status of ASPIICS, an externally occulted coronagraph for PROBA-3
Author(s): Etienne Renotte; Andres Alia; Alessandro Bemporad; Joseph Bernier; Cristina Bramanti; Steve Buckley; Gerardo Capobianco; Ileana Cernica; Vladimir Dániel; Radoslav Darakchiev; Marcin Darmetko; Arnaud Debaize; François Denis; Richard Desselle; Lieve de Vos; Adrian Dinescu; Silvano Fineschi; Karl Fleury-Frenette; Mauro Focardi; Aurélie Fumel; Damien Galano; Camille Galy; Jean-Marie Gillis; Tomasz Górski; Estelle Graas; Rafał Graczyk; Konrad Grochowski; Jean-Philippe A. Halain; Aline Hermans; Russ Howard; Carl Jackson; Emmanuel Janssen; Hubert Kasprzyk; Jacek Kosiec; Serge Koutchmy; Jana Kovačičinová; Nektarios Kranitis; Michał Kurowski; Michał Ładno; Philippe Lamy; Federico Landini; Radek Lapáček; Vít Lédl; Sylvie Liebecq; Davide Loreggia; Brian McGarvey; Giuseppe Massone; Radek Melich; Agnes Mestreau-Garreau; Dominique Mollet; Łukasz Mosdorf; Michał Mosdorf; Mateusz Mroczkowski; Raluca Muller; Gianalfredo Nicolini; Bogdan Nicula; Kevin O'Neill; Piotr Orleański; Marie-Catherine Palau; Maurizio Pancrazzi; Antonios Paschalis; Karel Patočka; Radek Peresty; Irina Popescu; Pavel Psota; Miroslaw Rataj; Jan Rautakoski; Marco Romoli; Roman Rybecký; Lucas Salvador; Jean-Sébastien Servaye; Cornel Solomon; Yvan Stockman; Arkadiusz Swat; Cédric Thizy; Michel Thomé; Kanaris Tsinganos; Jim Van der Meulen; Nico Van Vooren; Tomáš Vit; Tomasz Walczak; Alicja Zarzycka; Joe Zender; Andrei Zhukov
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Paper Abstract

The “sonic region” of the Sun corona remains extremely difficult to observe with spatial resolution and sensitivity sufficient to understand the fine scale phenomena that govern the quiescent solar corona, as well as phenomena that lead to coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which influence space weather. Improvement on this front requires eclipse-like conditions over long observation times. The space-borne coronagraphs flown so far provided a continuous coverage of the external parts of the corona but their over-occulting system did not permit to analyse the part of the white-light corona where the main coronal mass is concentrated. The proposed PROBA-3 Coronagraph System, also known as ASPIICS (Association of Spacecraft for Polarimetric and Imaging Investigation of the Corona of the Sun), with its novel design, will be the first space coronagraph to cover the range of radial distances between ~1.08 and 3 solar radii where the magnetic field plays a crucial role in the coronal dynamics, thus providing continuous observational conditions very close to those during a total solar eclipse. PROBA-3 is first a mission devoted to the in-orbit demonstration of precise formation flying techniques and technologies for future European missions, which will fly ASPIICS as primary payload. The instrument is distributed over two satellites flying in formation (approx. 150m apart) to form a giant coronagraph capable of producing a nearly perfect eclipse allowing observing the sun corona closer to the rim than ever before. The coronagraph instrument is developed by a large European consortium including about 20 partners from 7 countries under the auspices of the European Space Agency. This paper is reviewing the recent improvements and design updates of the ASPIICS instrument as it is stepping into the detailed design phase.

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Date Published: 28 September 2015
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9604, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation VI, 96040A (28 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2186962
Show Author Affiliations
Etienne Renotte, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Andres Alia, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Alessandro Bemporad, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Joseph Bernier, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Cristina Bramanti, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Steve Buckley, SensL Technologies, Ltd. (Ireland)
Gerardo Capobianco, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Ileana Cernica, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (Romania)
Vladimir Dániel, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Radoslav Darakchiev, Astri Polska Sp.z.o.o. (Poland)
Marcin Darmetko, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Arnaud Debaize, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
François Denis, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Richard Desselle, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Lieve de Vos, OIP Sensor Systems n. v. (Belgium)
Adrian Dinescu, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (Romania)
Silvano Fineschi, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Karl Fleury-Frenette, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Mauro Focardi, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri (Italy)
Aurélie Fumel, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Damien Galano, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Camille Galy, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Jean-Marie Gillis, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Tomasz Górski, Creotech Instruments S.A. (Poland)
Estelle Graas, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Rafał Graczyk, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Konrad Grochowski, N7 Mobile sp. z.o.o. (Poland)
Jean-Philippe A. Halain, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Aline Hermans, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Russ Howard, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Carl Jackson, SensL Technologies, Ltd. (Ireland)
Emmanuel Janssen, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Hubert Kasprzyk, Astri Polska Sp.z.o.o. (Poland)
Jacek Kosiec, Creotech Instruments S.A. (Poland)
Serge Koutchmy, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (France)
Jana Kovačičinová, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Nektarios Kranitis, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Michał Kurowski, N7 Mobile sp. z.o.o. (Poland)
Michał Ładno, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Philippe Lamy, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Federico Landini, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri (Italy)
Radek Lapáček, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Vít Lédl, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Sylvie Liebecq, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Davide Loreggia, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Brian McGarvey, SensL Technologies, Ltd. (Ireland)
Giuseppe Massone, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Radek Melich, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Agnes Mestreau-Garreau, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Dominique Mollet, OIP Sensor Systems n.v. (Belgium)
Łukasz Mosdorf, N7 Mobile sp. z.o.o. (Poland)
Michał Mosdorf, N7 Mobile sp. z.o.o. (Poland)
Mateusz Mroczkowski, Astri Polska Sp.z.o.o. (Poland)
Raluca Muller, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (Romania)
Gianalfredo Nicolini, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Torino (Italy)
Bogdan Nicula, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)
Kevin O'Neill, SensL Technologies, Ltd. (Ireland)
Piotr Orleański, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Marie-Catherine Palau, Astri Polska Sp.z.o.o. (Poland)
Maurizio Pancrazzi, INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri (Italy)
Antonios Paschalis, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Karel Patočka, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Radek Peresty, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Irina Popescu, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (Romania)
Pavel Psota, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Miroslaw Rataj, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Jan Rautakoski, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Marco Romoli, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Roman Rybecký, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Lucas Salvador, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Jean-Sébastien Servaye, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Cornel Solomon, AE Electronics S.A. (Romania)
Yvan Stockman, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Arkadiusz Swat, Solaris Optics S.A. (Poland)
Cédric Thizy, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Michel Thomé, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Kanaris Tsinganos, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Jim Van der Meulen, OIP Sensor Systems n.v. (Belgium)
Nico Van Vooren, OIP Sensor Systems n.v. (Belgium)
Tomáš Vit, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Tomasz Walczak, PCO S.A. (Poland)
Alicja Zarzycka, PCO S.A. (Poland)
Joe Zender, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Andrei Zhukov, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9604:
Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation VI
Silvano Fineschi; Judy Fennelly, Editor(s)

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