The SCOPE mission

M. Fujimoto, Y. Tsuda, Y. Saito, I. Shinohara, T. Takashima, A. Matsuoka, H. Kojima, Y. Kasaba

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Abstract

In order to reach the new horizon of the space physics research, the Plasma Universe, via in-situ measurements in the Earth's magnetosphere, SCOPE will perform formation flying observations combined with high-time resolution electron measurements. The simultaneous multi-scale observations by SCOPE of various plasma dynamical phenomena will enable data-based study of the key space plasma processes from the cross-scale coupling point of view. Key physical processes to be studied are magnetic reconnection under various boundary conditions, shocks in space plasma, collisionless plasma mixing at the boundaries, and physics of current sheets embedded in complex magnetic geometries. The SCOPE formation is made up of 5 spacecraft and is put into the equatorial orbit with the apogee at 30Re (Re: earth radius). One of the spacecraft is a large mother ship which is equipped with a full suite of particle detectors including ultra-high time resolution electron detector. Among other 4 small spacecraft, one remains near (̃10km) the mother ship and the spacecraft-pair will focus on the electron-scale physics. Others at the distance of 100̃3000km (electron ̃ ion spatial scales) from the mother ship will monitor plasma dynamics surrounding the mother-daughter pair. There is lively on-going discussion on Japan-Europe international collaboration (ESA's Cross-Scale), which would certainly make better the coverage over the scales of interest and thus make the success of the mission, i.e., clarifying the multi-scale nature of the Plasma Universe, to be attained at an even higher level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Perspectives of Space Plasma and Particle Instrumentation and International Collaborations - Proceedings of the International Conference
Pages29-35
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 30
EventInternational Conference on Future Perspectives of Space Plasma and Particle Instrumentation and International Collaborations - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2006 Nov 12006 Nov 3

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1144
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Future Perspectives of Space Plasma and Particle Instrumentation and International Collaborations
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period06/11/106/11/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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