Joint Scientific Space Mission Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) – European Space Agency (ESA)
6 August 2018
Alfven+ is a mission proposed to the ESA M4 Call under their Cosmic Visions programme. Alfven+ is a dual spacecraft mission designed to study the processes associated with the acceleration of particles above the aurora.
Alfvén will explore particle acceleration processes and their consequences for electromagnetic radiation and energy transport in strongly magnetised plasmas.
The mission design involves use of simple virtually identical spacecraft, easily accessible orbits and straightforward operations.
It is a low risk mission that is compatible with the M5 cost cap.