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Liu Yong, Wang Chi, Xu Jiyao, Li Xiaoyu. Orbit requirements for detecting the upflow ion source region[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2014, 34(1): 104-108. doi: 10.11728/cjss2014.01.104
Citation: Liu Yong, Wang Chi, Xu Jiyao, Li Xiaoyu. Orbit requirements for detecting the upflow ion source region[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2014, 34(1): 104-108. doi: 10.11728/cjss2014.01.104

Orbit requirements for detecting the upflow ion source region

doi: 10.11728/cjss2014.01.104
  • Received Date: 2012-03-07
  • Rev Recd Date: 2013-09-03
  • Publish Date: 2014-01-15
  • Polar upflow ions from ionosphere to magnetosphere are crucial for space weather modeling. The origin and the acceleration of the upflow ions are the main scientific objectives for the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Constellation Mission. The constellation is composed of two magnetosphere satellites and two ionosphere/thermosphere satellites to monitor the polar region at different altitude jointly. The in-situ measurement on the source region of the upflow ions is vital for investigating the magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling, and it is also the requirement for designing orbit of the ionosphere/thermosphere satellite. We compared the circular and elliptical orbits based on the observations of other missions, and then choose the orbit of ionosphere/thermosphere satellites to be elliptical.


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