Cluster Mission Operations

Authors: Ferri, P.; Warhaut, M.

Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 79, Numbers 1-2, January 1997 , pp. 475-485(11)

Publisher: Springer

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The Cluster ground segment design and mission operations concept have been defined according to the basic mission requirements, namely, to allow the transfer of the four spacecraft from the initial geostationary transfer orbit achieved at separation from the launcher into the final highly elliptical polar orbits, such that in the areas of scientific interest along their orbits, the four spacecraft will form a tetrahedral configuration with pre-defined separation distances, to be changed every six months during the mission. The Cluster mission operations will be carried out by ESA from its European Space Operations Centre; the task of merging the Principal Investigators' requests into coordinated, regular scientific mission planning inputs to ESOC will be undertaken by the Joint Science Operations Centre. The mission products will be distributed to the scientific community regularly in form of CD-ROMs. Principal Investigators will also have access to quick-look science, housekeeping telemetry and auxiliary data via an electronic network.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Mission Operations Department, European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 1997

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