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Mission Details

  • Sun-synchronous, polar orbit: continuous observations 8 months/year
  • Expected launch date: NET April 29, 2013
  • Data rate 0.7 Mbits/s: 3-60 more than previous imaging spectrographs
  • Coordinated observations with Hinode, SDO, STEREO & ground-based observatories for photospheric magnetograms and coronal imaging

Collaborating Institutions:

  • Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) — PI: Alan Title
  • Lockheed Martin Sensing and Exploration Systems (LMS&ES) — Spacecraft
  • NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) — Mission Operations
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) — Telescope
  • Montana State University (MSU) — Spectrograph
  • Stanford University (LSJU) — Data Handling
  • University of Oslo, Norway (UiO) — Numerical Modeling, Data

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