Space Science Reviews

, Volume 128, Issue 1–4, pp 629–647 | Cite as

RPC: The Rosetta Plasma Consortium

  • C. Carr
  • E. Cupido
  • C. G. Y. Lee
  • A. Balogh
  • T. Beek
  • J. L. Burch
  • C. N. Dunford
  • A. I. Eriksson
  • R. Gill
  • K. H. Glassmeier
  • R. Goldstein
  • D. Lagoutte
  • R. Lundin
  • K. Lundin
  • B. Lybekk
  • J. L. Michau
  • G. Musmann
  • H. Nilsson
  • C. Pollock
  • I. Richter
  • J. G. Trotignon
Article

Abstract

The Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) will make in-situ measurements of the plasma environment of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The consortium will provide the complementary data sets necessary for an understanding of the plasma processes in the inner coma, and the structure and evolution of the coma with the increasing cometary activity. Five sensors have been selected to achieve this: the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES), the Ion Composition Analyser (ICA), the Langmuir Probe (LAP), the Mutual Impedance Probe (MIP) and the Magnetometer (MAG). The sensors interface to the spacecraft through the Plasma Interface Unit (PIU). The consortium approach allows for scientific, technical and operational coordination, and makes optimum use of the available mass and power resources.

Keywords

space physics plasma physics comets solar-wind comet interaction Rosetta Rosetta plasma consortium RPC instrumentation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Carr
    • 1
  • E. Cupido
    • 1
  • C. G. Y. Lee
    • 1
  • A. Balogh
    • 1
  • T. Beek
    • 1
  • J. L. Burch
    • 3
  • C. N. Dunford
    • 1
  • A. I. Eriksson
    • 4
  • R. Gill
    • 4
  • K. H. Glassmeier
    • 2
  • R. Goldstein
    • 3
  • D. Lagoutte
    • 7
  • R. Lundin
    • 5
  • K. Lundin
    • 5
  • B. Lybekk
    • 6
  • J. L. Michau
    • 7
  • G. Musmann
    • 2
  • H. Nilsson
    • 5
  • C. Pollock
    • 3
  • I. Richter
    • 2
  • J. G. Trotignon
    • 7
  1. 1.The Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische PhysikTechnische UniversitätBraunschweigGermany
  3. 3.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.Swedish Institute of Space PhysicsUppsalaSweden
  5. 5.Swedish Institute of Space PhysicsKirunaSweden
  6. 6.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  7. 7.Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’EnvironnementCNRSOrléansFrance

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