Aug 27 – 29, 2018
Paris, France
Europe/Paris timezone

Network of small satellites for the exploration of planetary Magnetosphere (NETSSEM)

Aug 29, 2018, 10:10 AM
Charpak room (Paris, France)

Charpak room

Paris, France

Pierre and Marie Curie campus Sorbonne University
talk Session 3: Small satellite missions, future missions and challenges Session 3: Small satellite missions


Dr François Leblanc (LATMOS/IPSL, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, UVSQ, Paris, France)


Since March 2018, we have started a CNES study of small satellite concept for the exploration of planetary magnetosphere. The main objectives of this study are to obtain a realistic concept of mission with (a) small satellite(s) in association or not with a main satellite. The small satellite(s) should provide the crucially needed multi-points information for magnetosphere exploration. As an example, in the case of Mars magnetosphere, a second platform providing in situ measurement of the solar wind is highly requested to disentangle spatial from temporal variabilities when measurements are performed inside Mars' magnetosphere. CNES' study should provide a technical answer regarding: - the best compromise between performances of the small satellite and available resources for the payload, - the type of mission definition and measurements that can be achieved. In this presentation, we will present the objectives of this study and the first set of results obtained so far.

Primary author

Dr François Leblanc (LATMOS/IPSL, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, UVSQ, Paris, France)


Dr Baptiste Cecconi (LESIA/Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France) Dr Benoit Langlais (LPG, CNRS & Univ. Nantes, Nantes, France) Dr Dominique Delcourt (LPC2E/Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France) Dr Fouad Sarhaoui (LPP/Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France) Dr Nicolas André (IRAP, Toulouse, France) Dr Pierre Henri (LPC2E/Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France) Dr Ronan Modolo (LATMOS/IPSL, UVSQ, Guyancourt, France)

Presentation materials