Announcement of Opportunity for Cluster Guest Investigator
08 July 2010This Announcement of Opportunity solicits special operation proposals for participation in the Guest Investigator (GI) Programme of the Cluster extended mission from the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of the GI Programme is to open future spacecraft science operations to the scientific community. Investigations are solicited which identify compelling utilization of the Cluster spacecraft payload for scientific study. The deadline for proposal submissions is 1 October 2010.
Eligibility to propose for the GI Programme covered by this AO is open to all scientists of any nationality. Selected proposals will have to obtain funding for their research from their national or other funding agencies.
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This AO solicits proposals for new payload operations utilizing the Cluster mission through participation in the Cluster Guest Investigator Programme.
Investigators are encouraged to propose the acquisition of data from more than one instrument. Inter-spacecraft separation can be changed but is limited to phasing manoeuvres due to limited available fuel.
Proposers are strongly encouraged to examine the information available via the documentation section of the Cluster Active Archive (http://caa.estec.esa.int/caa/), which also accompanies this AO as part of the Proposal Information Package (see below). In particular proposers are directed towards the instrument user guides, to obtain information on spacecraft payload specifications. In addition, proposers may contact the Cluster Project Scientist, Mission Manager and also instrument PIs directly for further information on instrument limitations and spacecraft limitations that may be pertinent to their proposal.
Full details of this AO and the guidelines for the Letters of Intent and Proposals in response to this AO can be found in the Cluster AO document, which is included in the documentation package for this AO.
AO documentation: Proposal Information Package
The Proposal Information Package (PIP) for this Cluster AO contains, in addition to the complete Cluster AO document, the following documents:
The above documents can be downloaded as a single zip file (35 Mb) from the right-hand menu, under "Documentation".
Timetable of the AO
Letter of Intent
A Letter of Intent from prospective Guest Investigator programme proposers should reach ESA by 15 August 2010. The letter should be sent by email to M.G.G.T. Taylor (ESTEC) at: Matthew.Tayloresa.int.
The Letter of Intent should be concise (not more than 3 pages), and should provide the following information:
Contact with ESA
Any requests for further information and clarification before submitting your proposal should be addressed to:
The proposal should be submitted electronically using the dedicated submission form, which can be accessed through the link below or in the right-hand menu (the form will open in a new window). ESA will confirm by e-mail the reception of the proposal.