It was selected as the first medium-class mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme. Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun (BBC News, 18 September 2018) Seeking the Sun's Secrets (BBC News interview with MAG PI T. Horbury, 18 September 2018) Devastating solar storm is a matter of ‘when not if’ warns Met Office as Solar Orbiter begins testing (The Telegraph, 17 September 2018) Solar Orbiter: a look ahead at ‘golden decade’ for physics. Solar Orbiter will deliver new measurements to help us understand how these processes work, and ultimately make better predictions of space weather to keep our astronauts and technology safe. Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun (BBC News, 18 September 2018) Seeking the Sun's Secrets (BBC News interview with MAG PI T. Horbury, 18 September 2018) Devastating solar storm is a matter of ‘when not if’ warns Met Office as Solar Orbiter begins testing (The Telegraph, 17 September 2018) "It's an astonishing spacecraft," he told BBC News. ... the BBC reports. Solar Orbiter is the space mission which will allow us to see parts of the Sun we've never seen before. The Solar Orbiter spacecraft is a Sun-pointed, three-axis stabilised platform with a dedicated heat shield to provide protection from the high levels of solar flux near perihelion. The €1.5bn (£1.3bn) mission is packed with cameras and sensors that should reveal remarkable new insights on the workings of our star. Europe’s audacious Solar Orbiter probe has lifted off on its quest to study the Sun from close quarters. "It's got 10 instruments to study the Sun, but in reality each instrument is a consortium of different instrument packages. The Airbus built sun explorer spacecraft Solar Orbiter was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 23.03 local time. Solar Orbiter's head-on views should finally yield a full 3D view of the Sun, 150 million km from our home planet. The spacecraft provides a stable platform to accommodate the combination of remote-sensing and in situ instrumentation in an electromagnetically clean environment. Read more about the Solar Orbiter mission at ESA’s dedicated webpage. Solar Orbiter is a mission dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics. #SolarOrbiter (via BBC Science News) bbc.in/2StvoYV “Solar Orbiter is the most important UK space science mission for a generation, both because of its leading roles for UK science and industry but also because of the crucial information it will give us about living near a star like the Sun.
How ESA’s Solar orbiter will study the surface of the Sun Get the next 6 issues of BBC Sky at Night Magazine for just £9.99 We spoke to solar physicist Prof Richard Harrison to find out more about the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter, and what it will tell us about our host star.