The PAC2MAN mission: A new tool to understand and predict solar energetic events

Jorge Amaya, Sophie Musset, Viktor Andersson, Andrea Diercke, Christian Höller, Sergiu Iliev, Lilla Juhász, René Kiefer, Riccardo Lasagni, Solène Lejosne, Mohammad Madi, Mirko Rummelhagen, Markus Scheucher, Arianna Sorba, Stefan Thonhofer

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Abstract

An accurate forecast of flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) initiation requires precise measurements of the magnetic energy buildup and release in the active regions of the solar atmosphere. We designed a new space weather mission that performs such measurements using new optical instruments based on the Hanle and Zeeman effects. The mission consists of two satellites, one orbiting the L1 Lagrangian point (Spacecraft Earth, SCE) and the second in heliocentric orbit at 1AU trailing the Earth by 80° (Spacecraft 80, SC80). Optical instruments measure the vector magnetic field in multiple layers of the solar atmosphere. The orbits of the spacecraft allow for a continuous imaging of nearly 73% of the total solar surface. In-situ plasma instruments detect solar wind conditions at 1AU and ahead of our planet. Earth-directed CMEs can be tracked using the stereoscopic view of the spacecraft and the strategic placement of the SC80 satellite. Forecasting of geoeffective space weather events is possible thanks to an accurate surveillance of the magnetic energy buildup in the Sun, an optical tracking through the interplanetary space, and in-situ measurements of the near-Earth environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA5
JournalJournal of Space Weather and Space Climate
Volume5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Each participant would like to acknowledge the financial support for the participation in the Alpbach Summer School 2013 to the following institutions: CNES, the LABEX ESP, and ANR for their support through the “investissement d’avenir” program (Sophie Musset), DLR (René Kiefer), the Swedish National Space Board (Viktor Andersson), and the Swiss Committee on Space Research, Swiss Academy of Sciences (Mohammad Madi).

Funding Information:
The publication of the work presented in this paper received funding from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under the grant agreement eHeroes (project 284461, eheroes.eu).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 J. Amaya et al., Published by EDP Sciences.

Keywords

  • Coronal mass ejection (CME)
  • Flare
  • Missions
  • Space weather
  • Spacecraft

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