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UK Teams Complete Space Weather Mission Study Ahead of Selection Decision in November

14 Oct 2019, 08:31 UTC
UK Teams Complete Space Weather Mission Study Ahead of Selection Decision in November
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Space weather effects. (Credit: ESA/Science Office)

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The first phase of design work for the European Space Agency’s Lagrange spacecraft has been completed, with three out of the four multinational teams led by the UK.

This ESA mission, together with a complementary US mission, will form the major elements of an early warning system for severe space weather, which can be hazardous to critical infrastructure on Earth and human life in space.

Three out of four teams developing the platforms and instruments to support the ESA mission are led by UK organisations, with a fourth from Germany. This has allowed the UK and Germany to develop a mission focused on the needs of operational 24/7 forecasting.

This will be the first deep space mission where the priority is to deliver critical services, with excellent science as a by-product.

The proposed mission will be put to ESA member states in November at the Council of Ministers meeting, Space19+, and is targeted for launch in 2025.

This comes as the European Space Science Committee (ESSC), an Expert Board on Space Sciences hosted by the European Science Foundation (ESF), today presented its recommendations on how ESA, the European Union ...

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