Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Solar Orbiter: a high-resolution mission to the sun and inner heliosphere
Author(s): Bernhard Fleck; E. Marsch; Ester Antonucci; Peter A. Bochsler; J. L. Bougeret; R. Harrison; R. P. Marsden; M. Coradini; Oscar Pace; Rainer Schwenn; Jean-Claude Vial
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

The key mission objective of the Solar Orbiter is to study the Sun from close-up (45 solar radii, or 0.21 AU) in an orbit tuned to solar rotation in order to examine the solar surface and the space above from a co-rotating vantage point at high spatial resolution. Solar Orbiter will also provide images of the Sun's polar regions from heliographic latitudes as high as 38 degrees. The strawman payload encompasses two instrument packages: Solar remote-sensing instruments: EUV full-sun and high resolution imager, high-resolution EUV spectrometer, high-resolution and full-sun visible light telescope and magnetograph, EUV and visible-light coronagraphs, radiometers. Heliospheric instruments: solar wind analyzer, radio and plasma wave analyzer, magnetometer, energetic particle detectors, interplanetary dust detector, neutral particle detector, solar neutron detector. To reach its novel orbit, Solar Orbiter will make use of low-thrust solar electric propulsion (SEP) interleaved by Earth and Venus gravity assists. Solar Orbiter was selected by ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) in October 2000 as a Flexi-mission, to be implemented after the BepiColombo cornerstone mission to Mercury before 2013. This paper summarizes the science to be addressed with the Solar Orbiter, followed by brief descriptions of the strawman payload, the mission profile, and the spacecraft and ground segment designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4498, UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.450046
Show Author Affiliations
Bernhard Fleck, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
E. Marsch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (Germany)
Ester Antonucci, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (Italy)
Peter A. Bochsler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (Switzerland)
J. L. Bougeret, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (France)
R. Harrison, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. P. Marsden, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United Kingdom)
M. Coradini, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Oscar Pace, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (Netherlands)
Rainer Schwenn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (Germany)
Jean-Claude Vial, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4498:
UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Silvano Fineschi; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top