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STEREO: a solar terrestrial event observer mission concept
Author(s): Dennis George Socker; S. K. Antiochos; Guenter E. Brueckner; John W. Cook; Kenneth P. Dere; Russell A. Howard; Judith Tobi Karpen; James A. Klimchuk; Clarence M. Korendyke; Donald J. Michels; J. Daniel Moses; Dianne K. Prinz; N. R. Sheely; Shi Tsan Wu; Andrew Buffington; Bernard V. Jackson; Barry Labonte; Philippe L. Lamy; H. Rosenbauer; Rainer Schwenn; L. F. Burlaga; Joseph M. Davila; John M. Davis; Barry Goldstein; Henry M. Harris; Paulett C. Liewer; Marcia Neugebauer; E. Hildner; Victor J. Pizzo; Norman E. Moulton; J. A. Linker; Z. Mikic
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Paper Abstract

A STEREO mission concept requiring only a single new spacecraft has been proposed. The mission would place the new spacecraft in a heliocentric orbit and well off the Sun- Earth line, where it can simultaneously view both the solar source of heliospheric disturbances and their propagation through the heliosphere all the way to the earth. Joint observations, utilizing the new spacecraft and existing solar spacecraft in earth orbit or L1 orbit would provide a stereographic data set. The new and unique aspect of this mission lies in the vantage point of the new spacecraft, which is far enough from Sun-Earth line to allow an entirely new way of studying the structure of the solar corona, the heliosphere and solar-terrestrial interactions. The mission science objectives have been selected to take maximum advantage of this new vantage point. They fall into two classes: those possible with the new spacecraft alone and those possible with joint measurements using the new and existing spacecraft. The instrument complement on the new spacecraft supporting the mission science objectives includes a soft x-ray imager, a coronagraph and a sun-earth imager. Telemetry rate appears to be the main performance determinant. The spacecraft could be launched with the new Med-Lite system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2804, Missions to the Sun, (25 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259727
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Dennis George Socker, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
S. K. Antiochos, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Guenter E. Brueckner, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John W. Cook, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth P. Dere, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Russell A. Howard, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Judith Tobi Karpen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James A. Klimchuk, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Clarence M. Korendyke, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Donald J. Michels, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Daniel Moses, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Dianne K. Prinz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
N. R. Sheely, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Shi Tsan Wu, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Andrew Buffington, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Bernard V. Jackson, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Barry Labonte, Univ. of Hawaii/Honolulu (United States)
Philippe L. Lamy, Lab. d'Astronomie Spatiale (France)
H. Rosenbauer, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
Rainer Schwenn, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
L. F. Burlaga, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph M. Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John M. Davis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Barry Goldstein, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Henry M. Harris, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paulett C. Liewer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marcia Neugebauer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Hildner, NOAA (United States)
Victor J. Pizzo, NOAA (United States)
Norman E. Moulton, Allied Signal Technical Services Corp. (United States)
J. A. Linker, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Z. Mikic, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2804:
Missions to the Sun
David M. Rust, Editor(s)

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