Solar Orbiter Mission
Solar Orbiter Mission

Solar Orbiter Mission

1 January 2015 until 1 January 2025
Project member(s)
Dr A. Vecchio (Antonio)
Project type

Solar Orbiter is a mission dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics. It was selected as the first medium-class mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme.

The programme outlines key scientific questions which need to be answered about the development of planets and the emergence of life, how the Solar System works, the origins of the Universe, and the fundamental physics at work in the Universe. Radboud Radio Lab is involved with the Solar Orbiter mission through Dr. Antonio Vecchio participating in the development and exploitation of the radio receiver RPW. He will be participating in the launch campaign in Cape Canaveral, USA.

Solar Orbiter Journey around the sun

The radio receiver on Solar Orbiter

The Radio and Plasma Waves (RPW) experiment will measure magnetic and electric fields at high time resolution using three 6 meters antennas and a magnetic search/coil. It will determine the characteristics of electromagnetic and electrostatic waves in the solar wind from almost DC to  about 20 MHz.

More information about the mission, system design, science goals, radio receiver can be found in the following links:

What is Solar Orbiter?

ESA - Solar Orbiter


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