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The Science and Operations Working Group (SOWG) of the Cluster mission wins the Group Achievement Award 2019 of the Royal Astronomical Society

The Science and Operations Working Group (SOWG) of the ESA Cluster mission, which includes 2 members from LPP, has won the Group Achievement Award for Geophysics in 2019 attributed by the Royal Astronomical Society. This award is attributed for their continued success ensuring the operations and scientific exploitation of this mission.

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P. Escoubet, responsable scientifique de la mission Cluster reçoit, au nom du SOWG, le prix de la Royal Astronomical Society des mains de son Président M. Cruise

The SOWG meets every 6 months to settle the best scientific objectives for the year to come, and explore the way to achieve them, regions to be encountered, orbit, separation between spacecraft, bit rate, instruments operations, and check that these goals can be achieved within the available resources (fuel, orbit evolution, ground stations availability…)

The SOWG is composed of the project scientist and deputy, the Spacecraft Operation Manager, the instruments Principal Investigators, N. Cornilleau and P. Canu for the LPP, the ESA European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, in charge of spacecraft operations, and the Joint Science Operations Center from RAL, Didcot, UK, in charge of planning and centralizing the 11 instruments commands, aboard each Cluster spacecraft, to be routed every week by ESOC.

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La salle de contrôle des satellites Cluster à l’ESOC

Beyond the high quality of data obtained from the SOWG directives, the RAS underlines the great and successful efforts in developing new technics to ensure new key science during these more than 20 years of complex operations, for a mission design initially for 2 years, despite the decreasing budgets and spacecraft resources. These new technics are now implemented on new space missions.

Links :
The Cluster Mission
Cluster Operations at ESOC
Spacecraft Operations Manager Bruno Sousa about the RAS Award

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