27 Apr '12, 10pm

A bit more UK science, and this time real local (to me)

Europe's leading space company, Astrium, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as prime contractor for the Solar Orbiter mission. The €300million spacecraft will perform close up observations of the Sun. Astrium builds upon its extensive science mission expertise that includes the solar spacecraft SOHO and Ulysses. Solar Orbiter is the first mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme to start its implementation phase and is scheduled for launch in 2017. The mission lifetime will be 7 years. Solar Orbiter will study the Sun in detail and its effects on the solar system. The spacecraft will carry a suite of complementary instruments that will measure the particles, fields and waves of the plasma through which it travels, and at the same time make observations of the Sun's surface and outer atmosphere, the photosphere and corona. At its closest point Solar Orbite...

Full article: http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/article/41952/Astrium-win...

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