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The SOLAR-C mission: current status
Author(s): Toshifumi Shimizu; Saku Tsuneta; Hirohisa Hara; Kiyoshi Ichimoto; Kanya Kusano; Taro Sakao; Takashi Sekii; Yoshinori Suematsu; Tetsuya Watanabe
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Paper Abstract

Two mission concepts (plan A: out-of-ecliptic mission and plan B: high resolution spectroscopic mission) have been studied for the next Japanese-led solar mission Solar-C, which will follow the scientific success of the Hinode mission. The both mission concepts are concluded as equally important and attractive for the promotion of space solar physics. In the meantime we also had to make efforts for prioritizing the two options, in order to proceed to next stage of requesting the launch of Solar-C mission at the earliest opportunity. This paper briefly describes the two mission concepts and the current status on our efforts for prioritizing the two options. More details are also described for the plan B option as the first-priority Solar-C mission. The latest report from the Solar-C mission concept studies was documented as "Interim Report on the Solar-C Mission Concept."

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8148, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV, 81480B (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893228
Show Author Affiliations
Toshifumi Shimizu, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Hirohisa Hara, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Kiyoshi Ichimoto, Hida Observatory, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Kanya Kusano, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Taro Sakao, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Takashi Sekii, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Yoshinori Suematsu, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Tetsuya Watanabe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8148:
Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation IV
Silvano Fineschi; Judy Fennelly, Editor(s)

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