Solar Orbiter, the new ESA Sun Explorer, developed in collaboration with NASA, will be launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) on February, 9th (one day slip from original date) at 05.03am (CET).
Solar Orbiter will be the first mission to operate in extreme environment up to 500C°, providing images of the poles of the Sun at high latitude and to study magnetic fields, solar wind and space weather, combining in situ together with remote sensing observations.
The spacecraft will take two years to reach the Sun: 42 Million kilometers at its closest approach, less than Mercury’s distance.
To unlock the secrets of our life-giving Star, to investigate how it works and to reveal the Sun-Earth connections, Solar Orbiter is equipped with ten cutting edge technological instruments. One of these is the multi-wavelength coronagraph METIS (Multi Element Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy) realized by OHB Italia S.p.A. CEO Roberto Aceti stated: „We are very proud and excited to be part of this extraordinary exploration through METIS. It will observe the structure and the dynamics of the full corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere, with unprecedented temporal coverage and spatial resolution“. This region is crucial to better understand the solar atmospheric phenomena and their evolution in the inner heliosphere. METIS will employ broad-band, polarized and narrow-band imaging technology for screening the solar corona: a unique capability combining three different wavelength bands by means of a single telescope.
About OHB Italia:
OHB Italia SpA is a leading company in Italy in the field of space systems design, development and integration; Earth observation; SSA and space science. The company is part of the listed space and technology European group OHB SE that currently employs approximately 2900 people in two business units: “Space Systems” and “Aerospace and Industrial products”. Founded in 1981 OHB Italia has its headquarters in Milan.
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