We have the pleasure of announcing the next instalment of the UK-SOSS which will take place at 10:00 (UK time) on the 19th of May. Our speaker is Prof Robert Walsh from the University of Central Lancashire.
We look forward to welcoming you all to the talk at that time.
With warmest regards,
Chris Nelson, on behalf of Marianna Korsos and Jiajia Liu
Speaker: Prof Robert Walsh (University of Central Lancashire)
Title: It is rocket science! Coronal physics research highlights from sounding rocket instrumentation
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95338171418
Meeting ID 953 3817 1418
For over 40 years NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program has provided vital scientific, technical, and educational contributions to space science and is still one of the most robust, versatile, and cost-effective ways to undertake innovative space-based research.
Sounding rockets carry scientific instruments into space along a parabolic trajectory. Their overall time in space is brief (typically approx. 15 minutes from launch to landing), and at lower vehicle speeds for a well-placed scientific experiment. The cost factor makes sounding rockets an attractive alternative as they do not need expensive boosters or extended telemetry and tracking coverage since they never achieve orbit. This cost effectiveness continues as the sounding rocket program takes advantage of a high degree of commonality and in many cases, only the experiment (provided by the science team) is changed. In almost all astronomy, planetary, solar, and microgravity missions, the payloads are recovered which means the costs of the experiment and sub-systems are spread out over many possible repeated missions. Of course, the limited factor of only a few minutes of true space-based data resulting such a rocket flight must also be taken into account,
The solar physics community has benefited greatly over many years from sounding rocket missions for both the calibration of in-operation satellite instrumentation as well as the development of high performance imagers and spectrometers to examine the corona in remarkable ways. This talk will examine some of these missions, outlining what it is like to part of such a “ successful rocket team” (and how to act when things don’t go according to plan!). In particular, the presentation will focus on results from the unique datasets obtained by the Marshall X-ray Imaging Spectrometer and the High Resolution Coronal Imager, both of which are scheduled to fly again in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
For the previous talk, please visit the UK-SOSS website: https://solarphysics.aber.ac.uk/uk-soss.php
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