Space Plasma Missions

The Space Plasma Physics group at MSSL has a long history of involvement in space missions making in-situ observations of our magnetosphere and the near-Earth space environment. Our instrument speciality is in particle detectors, most recently electrostatic analysers for studying electrons up to energies of around 30 keV.

Artist's impression of Cluster II. Image courtesy: ESA

Cluster II

Cluster is ESA's quartet of magnetospheric spacecraft. MSSL built and operates the PEACE instruments on Cluster, examining the electron plasma around the Earth and in the solar wind.

Artist's impression of Double Star. (c) ESA

Double Star

Double Star is a joint ESA/Chinese dual-spacecraft mission to study the magnetosphere, complimenting the Cluster II mission. MSSL provided the PEACE instruments on Double Star.

Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter. (c) ESA

Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter is a proposed mission to examine the Sun and the solar wind. It will orbit the Sun between 0.29 and 1.2 AU. The Space Plasma Physics Group at MSSL is head of the Solar Wind Analyser instrument consortium.

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