© 1995

The Freja Mission

  • Rickard Lundin
  • Gerhard Haerendel
  • Sven Grahn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. R. Lundin, G. Haerendel, S. Grahn
    Pages 1-15
  3. J. S. Murphree, R. A. King, T. Payne, K. Smith, D. Reid, J. Adema et al.
    Pages 17-42
  4. G. Paschmann, M. Boehm, H. Höfner, R. Frenzel, P. Parigger, F. Melzner et al.
    Pages 43-59
  5. Lawrence Zanetti, Thomas Potemra, Robert Erlandson, Peter Bythrow, Brian Anderson, Anthony Lui et al.
    Pages 61-78
  6. G. T. Marklund, L. G. Blomberg, P.-A. Lindqvist, C.-G. Fälthammar, G. Haerendel, F. S. Mozer et al.
    Pages 79-104
  7. M. Boehm, G. Paschmann, J. Clemmons, H. Höfner, R. Frenzel, M. Ertl et al.
    Pages 105-136
  8. B. A. Whalen, D. J. Knudsen, A. W. Yau, A. M. Pilon, T. A. Cameron, J. F. Sebesta et al.
    Pages 137-157
  9. L. Eliasson, O. Norberg, R. Lundin, K. Lundin, S. Olsen, H. Borg et al.
    Pages 159-172
  10. B. Holback, S.-E. Jansson, L. Åhlén, G. Lundgren, L. Lyngdal, S. Powell et al.
    Pages 173-188
  11. P.-A. Lindqvist, G. T. Marklund, L. G. Blomberg
    Pages 189-198
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-206

About this book


Freja is a joint Swedish and German satellite, launched on October 6, 1992 and orbiting at 600--1750 km, covering the lower part of the auroral acceleration region. It has been designed to provide high-resolution measurements (both temporal and spatial) of auroral plasma characteristics. The high telemetry rate, together with the 15 Mbyte distributed on-board memories allow Freja to resolve meso and micro-scale phenomena in the 100 m range for particles and 1--10 m range for electric and magnetic fields. The UV imager resolves auroral structures of 1 km size at a time resolution of one image every 6 s. The novel plasma instruments are orders of magnitude better than any that have gone before.
The Freja Mission is about the scientific objectives, instruments and platform itself. Detailed descriptions are given of the instrumentation and the first data acquired. It is one of the very few books to contain such material in a single volume, relating the instruments' design with their in-flight characteristics.
For space engineers and other researchers interested in space science.


Plasma aurora electron instruments satellite

Editors and affiliations

  • Rickard Lundin
    • 1
  • Gerhard Haerendel
    • 2
  • Sven Grahn
    • 3
  1. 1.Swedish Institute of Space PhysicsKirunaSweden
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische PhysikGarching bei MünchenGermany
  3. 3.Swedish Space CorporationStockholmSweden

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