ESA: Once explorers, always explorers Recent highlights from ESA's science and exploration programmes
- Mark McCaughrean (ESA)
ESA: Instruments development and testing for the Solar Orbiter mission
- Anne Pacros (ESA)
ESA: Radiation effect sand hardness assurance for space electronics
- Christian Poivey (ESA)
The European Space Agency's science and exploration missions have been much in the news in
recent years, with exciting results from its Gaia Milky Way surveyor and other astronomical
observatories, the decade-long adventure of the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft and its
Philae lander, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter at the Red Planet, and the launch of the
The Solar Orbiter Spacecraft carries a unique combination of 10 scientific instruments towards the innermost regions of the Solar System. This talk presents the Solar Orbiter spacecraft and its intended trip around the Sun. It will then focus on the main engineering challenges that had to be addressed during the development cycle, integration and testing of the instruments.
Survival and successful operations of space instrumentation in the space radiation environment cannot be ensured without careful consideration of the effects of radiation. The lecture will start with a presentation of the space environment. Then, after a short introduction of radiation effects in electronic parts the process of radiation hardness assurance for space instrument electronics will...