Announcement of Opportunity for the Solar Orbiter Payload
18 October 2007Note - Deadline for submission has passed This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals of scientific investigations for the Solar Orbiter mission. Solar Orbiter is the next solar-heliospheric mission in the Science Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA). It has recently been redefined as part of a joint ESA-NASA programme called Heliophysical Explorers that comprises ESA's Solar Orbiter and NASA's Solar Sentinels as a highly synergetic programme. The Solar Orbiter mission is devoted to solar and heliospheric physics. It will be carried out as an ESA-led mission open to the worldwide science community.
The proposals shall clearly identify a Principal Investigator (PI) and a Lead Funding Agency for the proposed instrument. After receipt of the responses to this AO a Payload Review Committee (PRC) will perform a full review of all AO responses and recommend the final consolidated payload with a view to optimising the overall scientific return within the available resources.
The closing date for receipt of proposals is
midnight, Tuesday 15 January 2008
To accommodate the NASA FOSO process, the deadline for receipt of U.S.-led proposals by ESA is extended to 24:00 Central European Time on Wednesday 06 February 2008
For full details and contact information please refer to the complete AO document and the Annex files which can be retrieved below (both individually and as two zip files) and on the right under "documentation".
Also available are the two announcement letters from both the ESA Director of Science, Prof. D. Southwood, and the ESA Head of Science Planning and Community Coordination Office, Dr. S. Volonte.
|The Solar Orbiter Payload AO document
|Solar Orbiter Science Requirements Document (Sci-RD)
|Joint Science and Technology Definition (JSTDT) Report for the ESA/NASA Heliospheric Explorers programme
|Payload Definition Document (PDD)
|Science Management Plan (SMP)
|Experiment Interface Document - Part A (EID-A)
|Solar Orbiter Environmental Specification
|VIM Filter Performance Tables
Zip file of the above eleven documents:
Final Presentations of both Heat Shield & System Study contractors
|Zip file of the two presentations in Annex 11