J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 5, 2015
Satellite mission concepts developed at the Alpbach 2013 Summer School on space weather
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Published online||17 February 2015|
Atmospheric Drag, Occultation ‘N’ Ionospheric Scintillation (ADONIS) mission proposal
Alpbach Summer School 2013 Team Orange
German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Oberschleißheim, Germany
2 Meteorological Institute, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
3 Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
4 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
5 Department of Aerospace Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
6 Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
7 Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
8 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
9 Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
10 Space Research Group, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
11 CISAS, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
12 Department of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
13 Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
14 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France
15 Division of Space Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Kiruna, Sweden
16 Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Bergen, Norway
17 Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
18 IRAP, UPS-OMP CNRS, Toulouse, France
19 Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
20 Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 3 November 2014
The Atmospheric Drag, Occultation ‘N’ Ionospheric Scintillation mission (ADONIS) studies the dynamics of the terrestrial thermosphere and ionosphere in dependency of solar events over a full solar cycle in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The objectives are to investigate satellite drag with in-situ measurements and the ionospheric electron density profiles with radio occultation and scintillation measurements. A constellation of two satellites provides the possibility to gain near real-time data (NRT) about ionospheric conditions over the Arctic region where current coverage is insufficient. The mission shall also provide global high-resolution data to improve assimilative ionospheric models. The low-cost constellation can be launched using a single Vega rocket and most of the instruments are already space-proven allowing for rapid development and good reliability.
From July 16 to 25, 2013, the Alpbach Summer School 2013 was organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the European Space Agency (ESA), the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) and the association of Austrian space industries Austrospace in Alpbach, Austria. During the workshop, four teams of 15 students each independently developed four different space mission proposals on the topic of “Space Weather: Science, Missions and Systems”, supported by a team of tutors. The present work is based on the mission proposal that resulted from one of these teams’ efforts.
Key words: Ionosphere (general) / Thermosphere / Space weather / Drag / Missions
© S. Hettrich et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2015
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