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Multi-spacecraft coordinated observations during BepiColombo’s cruise phase

A new era of coordinated observations in the inner heliosphere has begun with the launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe in August, 2018, followed by the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft mission in October 2018, and by ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter in February 2020. Until the end of the cruise phase of BepiColombo (November 30, 2025), these three spacecraft will be traveling simultaneously in the inner heliosphere covering different heliocentric distances. Moreover, in addition to these missions, previous spacecraft provide continuous in situ and remote sensing measurements in our Solar System (as shown in figure 1). Hence, the complementary in-situ and remote sensing payloads on-board the different satellites, together with ground-based measurements, will give the opportunity for BepiColombo to be part of these unprecedented multipoint synergistic observations and for potential scientific studies in the inner heliosphere, even before its orbit insertion around Mercury in December 2025.

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Figure 1
Exemples de missions spatiales actives (et futures) dans notre système solaire couvrant différentes distances héliocentriques

In this work, recently published by L. Z. Hadid et al., Frontiers, 2021 , the authors have investigated and reported the potential coordinated observations between at least BepiColombo, Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe (including other operational spacecraft), and discussed the various spacecraft configurations, potential scientific studies, and the planning of joint observations in the future.

Contacts at LPP : Lina Hadid & Fouad Sahraoui

Lina Hadid was interviewed by "Polytechnique Insights", the media group of the École Polytechnique, to talk about her reasearch work and in particular the coordination of the multipoints measurements from the BepiColombo spacecraft mission. The article is published in the journal of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

Voir en ligne : L. Z. Hadid et al., Front. Astron. Space Sci., 2021

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