Title of Abstract
Carrington-L5: The UK Next Generation Space Weather Operational Mission
The science of space weather: progressing our understanding
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Airbus Defence and Space
Summary (maximum 250 words)
Airbus Defence and Space have carried out a study to investigate the possibilities for an operational L5 space weather mission, in collaboration with RAL, the UK Met Office, UCL and Imperial College London. The study looked at the user requirements for an operational mission, a model instrument payload, and a mission/spacecraft concept. A particular focus is cost effectiveness and timelineness of the data, suitable for operational forecasting needs. The study focussed on a mission at L5 assuming that a US mission to L1 will already occur, on the basis that L5 offers the greatest benefit for SWE predictions. The baseline payload has been selected to address all MOSWOC/SWPC priorities using UK/US instruments, consisting of: a heliospheric imager, coronograph, EUV imager, Magnetograph, magnetometer, solar wind analyser and radiation monitor. The platform is based on extensive re-use from Airbus' past missions to minimize the cost and a Falcon-9 launcher has been selected on the same basis. A schedule analysis shows that the earliest launch could occur in 2019, assuming Phase A KO in 2015. The study team have selected the name “Carrington” for the mission, reflecting the UK’s proud history in this domain.


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09:00 - 10:30
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