Solar System

Copyright: TAS-F/Yannick Le Marchand

NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery), one of the the instrument aboard the ExoMars-TGO mission, will be launched together with Schiaparelli 14-25 March 2016  on a Proton rocket and will

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Artist's illustration of Rosetta's GIADA instrument. Credits: ESA/AOES Medialab

Rosetta’s Grain Impact Analyser and Dust Accumulator is ready for monitoring dust at comet 67P/CG, say the instrument’s Principal Investigator Alessandra Rotundi and Deputy Principal Investigator V

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h

Members of ESA’s Solar Orbiter team watch expectantly as an essential part of the spacecraft is lowered into Europe’s largest vacuum chamber: the multi-layered shield that will protect their probe

The Rosetta probe has awakened from hibernation. The event has been emitted live from the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada with the participation of the IAA-CSIC

PHI (Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager)

Mission: Solar Orbiter (ESA)
Target: The Sun

PHI is aimed at mapping the vector magnetic field and the line-of-sight velocity of the solar photospheric plasma. It includes two telescopes (a full disk telescope and a high resolution one) to image the Sun, a Fabry-Pérot interferometer to do spectroscopy and liquid-crystal, variable retarders to do polarimetry.

Status: Phase C/D; testing of the QM (Qualified Model) and building of FM (Flight model) and FS (space) models.
Launch date: 10/2018

IMaX (Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment)

Mission: Sunrise
Target: The Sun

IMaX is aimed at obtaining quasi-monochromatic images of all four Stokes parameters at several wavelengths in order to study the magnetic field and the velocity of the solar photosphere.
Launches: Jun/2009 and Jun/2013. 

Status: A second Sunrise flight successfully took place on June, 2013.

NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery)

Mission: ExoMars-TGO (ESA)
Target: Martian atmosphere

Identify the components of the Martian atmosphere.

Status: ExoMars-TGO has entered (19 October 2016) an elliptical orbit around Mars; acquiring first data for instrument checking. Scientific mission will star at the end of 2017.
Launch date: 03/2016

GIADA (Grain Impact Analyser and Dust Accumulator)

Mission: Rosetta Mission (ESA)
Target: Comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Dust flux measurement for "direct" and "reflected" grains.

Status: Scientific mission completed.
Launch date: 03/2004

BELA (BEpi Colombo Laser Altimeter)

Mission: BepiColombo (ESA)
Target: Mercury

Planetary laser altimeter system for Mercury.

Status: Currently working on analyzing test data from the BELA Qualification Model.Preparing delivery of Flight Model
Launch date: 04/2018
First light: 2024