JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-CG Complex & General

[P-CG23] [EE] Future missions and instrumentation for space and planetary science

Wed. May 24, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM A03 (Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall)

convener:Satoshi Kasahara(The university of Tokyo), Shingo Kameda(School of Science, Rikkyo University), Mitsunori Ozaki(Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University), Yoshiya Kasahara(Information Media Center, Kanazawa University), Chairperson:Shingo Kameda(School of Science, Rikkyo University)

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

[PCG23-12] EUV imaging for Earth's plasmasphere from Earth-Moon L2 point by nano-spacecraft named EQUULEUS

*Kazuo Yoshioka1, Masaki Kuwabara2, Go Murakami3, Ichiro Yoshikawa2 (1.Department of Earth & Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 2.Department of Complexity Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo, 3.Institute of space and astronautical science, Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency)

Keywords:nano-spacecraft, Plasmasphere, EUV imaging

The nano-spacecraft mission named EQUULEUS is now under development. It will be launched in 2018 as one of the secondary payloads of SLS (Space Launch System) mission of NASA. EQUULEUS will fly to a libration orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 point and demonstrate trajectory control techniques within the Sun-Earth-Moon region (e.g. low-energy transfers using weak stability regions) for the first time by a nano-spacecraft. A small telescope in extreme ultraviolet named PHOENIX will be boarded on EQUULEUS. It consists of multilayer-coated entrance mirror (diameter of 6 cm) and photon counting device (microchannel plate and resistive anode), and electronics parts. The reflectance of mirror is optimized for the emission line of ionic helium (wavelength of 30.4 nm) which is the important component of the plasmasphere of the Earth. By flying far from the Earth, the entire image of plasmasphere can be obtained. Our observation will complement and enhance the geospace in-situ plasma measurements conducted by the ERG (JAXA) and Van Allen probe (NASA) missions. As a result, we can understand natures of geospace and radiation belt, which we have to understand to realize future manned space exploration. In this presentation, the mission concept and the design of the telescope will be shown. The status of the development will also be shown.