Volume 35 Issue 6
Nov.  2015
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LIU Yong, WANG Chi, XU Jiyao, LI Xiaoyu, CAI Jinrong, KONG Linggao, HUANG Jia, KLECKER Berndt, LEI Jiuhou, ZONG Qiugang, OCTAV Marghitu. An Introduction to Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Small Satellite Constellation[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2015, 35(6): 653-663. doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.653
Citation: LIU Yong, WANG Chi, XU Jiyao, LI Xiaoyu, CAI Jinrong, KONG Linggao, HUANG Jia, KLECKER Berndt, LEI Jiuhou, ZONG Qiugang, OCTAV Marghitu. An Introduction to Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Small Satellite Constellation[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2015, 35(6): 653-663. doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.653

An Introduction to Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Small Satellite Constellation

doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.653
Funds:  Supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program on Space Science (XDA04060201) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences “Hundred Talented Program”(Y32135A47S), the Chinese National Science Foundation( 411774149), the Specialized Research Fund for State Key laboratory of China, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Fellowship for Researchers from Developing Countries
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  • Corresponding author: LIU Yong,E-mail:liuyong@spaceweather.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2015-07-12
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-07-29
  • Publish Date: 2015-11-15
  • A future Chinese mission is introduced to study the coupling between magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere, i.e. the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Small Satellite Constellation (MIT). The scientific objective of the mission is to focus on the outflow ions from the ionosphere to the magnetosphere. The constellation is planning to be composed of four small satellites; each small satellite has its own orbit and crosses the polar region at nearly the same time but at different altitude. The payloads onboard include particle detectors, electromagnetic payloads, auroral imagers and neutral atom imagers. With these payloads, the mission will be able to investigate acceleration mechanism of the upflow ions at different altitudes. Currently the orbits have been determined and prototypes of some have also been completed. Competition for next phase selection is scheduled in late 2015.

     

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