Solar Orbiter operations simulations

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ESA’s Solar Orbiter is getting ready for its launch on an Atlas V rocket provided by NASA and operated by United Launch Alliance from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Once in space, and over the course of several years, the spacecraft will repeatedly use the gravity of Venus and Earth to raise its orbit above the poles of the Sun, providing new perspectives on our star, including the first images of the Sun’s polar regions.

All these operations will be controlled from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Germany, where a dedicated team is currently working on simulations of the first moments in orbit, after separation from the launcher, but also all the delicate manoeuvres of the journey that will make Solar Orbiter mission possible.

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12 Comments

  1. Will Solar Orbiter observe Venus during its many fly-by? It has so many cameras, such wonderfull opportunity! I hope the team will turn the cameras on and point them to Venus. If it can withstand the shining of the Sun, surely those instruments can withstand that same solar light reflected from Venus, right?

  2. THE SPACE IS WANDERFOOL !! MANY COMPLIMENTS FROM ITALY !! 😉😊😁👍👍👍👍👍👍🙋‍♀️🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹

  3. A Missão solar …As simulações são hipóteses de derivação experimental como garantias prestadas e que podem assegurar o cumprimento de metas estipuladas com sucesso, no fundo tarefas desafiantes e que quando na realidade se tornam superadas é uma alegria, aconteceu noutras missões e nesta irá correr também!!

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