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SPP spacecraft observing Sun

Solar Probe Plus observing the Sun: Solar Probe Plus, solar panels folded into the shadows of its protective shield, gathers data on its approach to the Sun. Credit: JHU/APL

SPP spacecraft on Venus flyby

Solar Probe Plus Venus flyby: Artist’s concept of the spacecraft, fully deployed in cruise configuration, flying past Venus during one of the seven gravity assists that sends it closer to the Sun. Credit: JHU/APL

SPP spacecraft leaving Earth

Solar Probe Plus leaving Earth: Just separated from its launch vehicle and booster rocket, the spacecraft leaves Earth, bound for the inner solar system and an unprecedented study of the Sun. Credit: JHU/APL

Images from the Solar Probe: Report of the Science and Technology Definition Team, September 2005

2005 STDT Report cover


Artist concept of SP spacecraft
Ulysses Swoops data
figure - model of solar wind and Alfven wave speeds
figure - SP trajectory
graphic - SP spacecraft design
Section 1
figure - model of solar wind and Alfven wave speeds
Section 2
Plots of solar wind speed using Ulysses SWOOPS data
figure - solar wind speed using Ulysses / SWICS data
image showing polar coraonal holes from SOHO / EIT
image showing streamer belt evolution from SOHO / LASCO C2
images - SP orbits and plume structure in lower corona
difference image from SOHO / LASCO coronagraphs
scatter plots showing speed of density perturbations using SOHO/LASCO data
figure - phase space density of the Ulysses proton spectrum
SOHO UVCS emission line width observations
figure - showing rapid acceleration of solar wind
figure - SP will directly measure velocity and magnetic filed fluctuations
figure showing overabundance of Fe and nuclei with mass >90
plot - energy vs. time of impulsive events using 1998 ACE data
plot - 1979 data from ISEE-3 and Helios - 1
plot - SWICS Ulysses and ACE data
plot - fast magnetosonic mode in quiet Sun and active region coronas
sketch - showing dust environment near the Sun
sketch - evolution of a cometary dust grain
sketch - cross-section of cometary dust trail
Section 3
sketch - cross-section of cometary dust trail
plot - variation in plasma parameters
Section 4
SP misison summary
SP solar encounter trajectory and timeline
geometry of 1st solar encounter
geometry of 2nd solar encounter
predicted dust environment at .1 AU
SP spacecraft
SP block diagram
SP in fail-safe mode
radioisotopic thermoelectric generator performance
SP instrument locations
SP position of retractable arm
Field of view of the energetic particle instrument
Field of view of the energetic particle instrument
locations of hemispheric and polar source region imagers
position of plasma wave instrument
range of motion of the high-gain antenna
SP in launch configuration
optical performance of TPS system surfaces
summary of TPS testing
bulk temperature of spacecraft bus
thermal balance for baseline SP configuration
integrated electronics module
attitude interface unit
temperature remote I/O assemblies
telecommunications subsystem
telemetry rate after 1st encounter perihelion
telemetry rate after 2nd encounter perihelion
noncoherent navigation concept
propulsion subsystem architecture
thruster layout
dust/risk protection study
density plot of micron particle
area damage to TPS from dust impacts
TPS equilibrium temerature change due to dust


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Last Updated: 11/04/2010