Small Satellite Constellations for Future Heliophysics Science Missions

Session ID#: 24701

Session Description:
Multipoint, distributed observations have long been desired by the Heliophysics community in order to better understand the dynamics of the Sun-Earth system. Recent leaps in the capabilities of small satellites, from cubesats to ESPA, now enable missions consisting of a large number of spacecraft. Heliophysics is well positioned to take advantage of the SmallSat revolution since much of the field’s in situ and remote sensing instrumentation have achieved levels of miniaturization and performance that now enables their accommodation on such platforms. Papers are sought that discuss new mission concepts in which new science is enabled by large numbers of individual measurements (both homogeneous and heterogenous). Authors are encouraged to present concepts that that may require new technologies in areas such as science instrumentation, autonomy, propulsion, and advanced communications, and to specifically call out where new investments could be applied to enable science return. Student papers and multidisciplinary work are welcome.
Primary Convener:  Larry Kepko, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Conveners:  Michael S Seablom1, J Daniel Moses1 and James F Spann2, (1)NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States(2)NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States

  • SA - SPA-Aeronomy
  • SH - SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics
Index Terms:

2194 Instruments and techniques [INTERPLANETARY PHYSICS]
2494 Instruments and techniques [IONOSPHERE]
2794 Instruments and techniques [MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Ian Robert Mann1, David Miles2, Charles Nokes1, Collin Cupido1, Duncan Elliott1, Miroslaw Ciurzynski1, David Barona1, B Barry Narod3, John Bennest4, Ivan Pakhotin1, Andy Kale1, Brendan Bruner1, Taryn Haluza-DeLay1, Colin Forsyth5, Jonathan Rae6, Carlos Lange1, Dan Sameoto1 and David K Milling1, (1)University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, (2)University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States, (3)University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (4)Bennest Enterprises, Summerland, BC, Canada, (5)Mullard Space Science Lab., Dorking, United Kingdom, (6)University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, London, United Kingdom
Michael Warren Liemohn1, Daniel T Welling2, Jörg-Micha Jahn3, Philip W Valek3, Heather Alison Elliott4, Raluca Ilie5, George V Khazanov6, Alex Glocer7, Natalia Y Ganushkina8 and Shasha Zou2, (1)University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, (2)University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, (3)Southwest Research Inst, San Antonio, TX, United States, (4)Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, United States, (5)University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, United States, (6)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Heliophysics Sci. Div., Greenbelt, MD, United States, (7)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (8)Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Vassilis Angelopoulos, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States