Five plus four equals nine: Combining the THEMIS and Cluster missions

Wild, J. A. and Hapgood, M. A. (2006) Five plus four equals nine: Combining the THEMIS and Cluster missions. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Substorms (ICS8), 1900-01-01.

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Abstract

THEMIS represents the most ambitious coordinated multi-spacecraft and ground-based programme ever attempted. It is expected that this mission will dramatically increase our understanding of the substorm process. In the years leading up to the launch of the five THEMIS probes, the four-spacecraft Cluster mission has defined the state of the art in the field of multi-spacecraft/ground-based investigations of the geospace environment. Hitherto unprecedented coordination of space- and ground-based experiments have yielded multi-point (in situ and remotely sensed) measurements of magnetospheric structure and dynamics. The overlap of the Cluster and THEMIS missions presents an excellent opportunity to move the multi-point measurement technique to the next stage. Since the apogees of the Cluster and THEMIS satellites orbits are separated by nearly 12 hour of local time, the synergy of these two missions and ground- based experiments will allow the detailed observation of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere on both the day and nightside of the Earth. Several experimental scenarios will be presented.

Item Type: Contribution to Conference (Other)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Substorms (ICS8)
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 6750
Deposited By: ep_importer_dcs
Deposited On: 29 May 2008 16:25
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 00:11
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6750

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