On these pages you will find information and links relating to the ESA Solar
Orbiter mission and, in particular, plans for the EUS (EUV
Spectrometer) which is being proposed by a consortium led by the Rutherford
Appleton Laboratory. For more information, please contact Professor Richard
A. Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Solar Orbiter was selected by ESA in Oct 2000, and was re-confirmed as part of the ESA programme after the re-evaluation of the ESA missions in 2003. After a period of industrial studies and
inputs from the Payload Working Group and Science Definition Team we now anticipate a launch in 2015 - subject to confirmation by SPC. We expect invitations for Statements of
Intent to Propose in mid-2006 with the AO in the first half of 2007. |
- The Solar Orbiter Remote Sensing Payload Working Group (chaired by Richard Harrison) reported to ESA in June 2003, with a document detailing the instrument concepts, the mission feasibility and critical issues.
This work has continued in the form of an advisory exercise to the industrial
- The EUS consortium has met 6 times. Presentations from these meetings are found in the 'meetings' list.
- At the 2006 consortium meeting it was decided that to provide a scientific driver for the optimisation of the instrument design and
operation the community should design observation schemes which define
instrument requirements to be fed into the hardware activity - these Science
Cases have now been submitted and will be reviewed by the EUS Science