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THOR selected as candidate for ESA’s next M4 mission to fly in 2025

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Vue d’artiste du projet de satellite THOR

THOR is a mission proposal that has been pre-selected by ESA for a Phase A study under the M4 Offer Call launched in late 2014 (450Meuros budget). THOR means Turbulence Heating ObserveR. Its purpose is to study the mechanisms of heating and power dissipation associated with the turbulence in the solar wind and the Earth’s bow shock and magnetosheath. THOR remains in competition with two other mission projects, ARIEL to study the atmosphere of 500 extra-solar planets, and Xipe, for the study of X-rays from very high energy sources such as supernovas or black holes. The three missions were selected from among 27 initially submitted on 01.15.2015. The final selection of a project among the three ones presently in competition will take place around 2017 for a launch in 2025.

See the ESA press release

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