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This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for the provision of the operations and scientific exploitation of the SPICE instrument on board the Solar Orbiter mission. The AO is open to scientists from the Member States of ESA. Letters of intent are due 20 July, 12:00 CEST (noon), and the deadline for proposals is 26 September,...
Published: 27 June 2016
The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017.
Published: 13 April 2015
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for members of the Solar Orbiter SPICE Science Steering Committee. The AO is open to scientist both in the ESA Member States and outside. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 September 2012, 12:00 CEST.
Published: 20 July 2012
ESA has awarded the contract to build its next-generation Sun explorer to Astrium UK. Solar Orbiter will investigate how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the extended atmosphere of the Sun.
Published: 26 April 2012
A suite of 10 instruments has been selected as the scientific payload for the ESA Solar Orbiter mission.
Published: 20 March 2009
As already stated in the Announcement of Opportunity for the Solar Orbiter payload,the draft Science Management Plan for Solar Orbiter had not formally been approvedby the Science Programme Committee at the time of the AO release.
Published: 20 December 2007
Note - 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.
Published: 18 October 2007
The Second Workshop devoted to ESA's Solar Orbiter Mission was held at the Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on 16-20 October 2006. The meeting was an unqualified success, both from a scientific point of view, and - perhaps even more importantly - from a programmatic one.
Published: 17 November 2006
This call is to request for Letters of Intent from interested parties in ESA Member States and, in light of potential cooperation, in the United States for providing Solar Orbiter instruments.
Published: 11 July 2006
The Science Programme Committee of ESA met on 15/16 May 2006 and reviewed the status of Solar Orbiter - a mission to go inside the orbit of Mercury to get close to the Sun and climb out of the ecliptic plane to view the polar regions.
Published: 31 May 2006
The assessment study of the Solar Orbiter has addressed all mission areas, from the scientific requirements to the payload complement, the space and ground segments, and the respective technology readiness, including all corresponding programmatic aspects.
Published: 17 January 2006
The Payload Definition Document (PDD) has been reissued as version 4.1.
Published: 26 August 2005
The Science Payloads and Advanced Concepts Office recently published an assessment phase report on the Solar Orbiter mission.
Published: 29 June 2005
The Solar Orbiter project is now well into the Assessment Phase. Work on development of possible mission scenarios and payload definition is currently being undertaken by various ESA bodies and industrial partners.
Published: 14 June 2004
Call for Letters of Interest
Published: 31 October 2001
The launch date of Solar Orbiter, ESA's next mission to study the Sun, should be no later than 2010. This was one of the key messages to emerge from the first Solar Orbiter workshop which was held in Tenerife last month.
Published: 26 June 2001
The Solar Orbiter was selected three months ago as an ESA F-mission for the time frame 2008 - 2013. It is now up to the solar/heliospheric community to exploit this excellent opportunity to the full. To that effect, the first Solar Orbiter workshop is now being organised.
Published: 23 January 2001
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