Solar Physics

, Volume 288, Issue 1, pp 389–434

On-Orbit Degradation of Solar Instruments

  • A. BenMoussa
  • S. Gissot
  • U. Schühle
  • G. Del Zanna
  • F. Auchère
  • S. Mekaoui
  • A. R. Jones
  • D. Walton
  • C. J. Eyles
  • G. Thuillier
  • D. Seaton
  • I. E. Dammasch
  • G. Cessateur
  • M. Meftah
  • V. Andretta
  • D. Berghmans
  • D. Bewsher
  • D. Bolsée
  • L. Bradley
  • D. S. Brown
  • P. C. Chamberlin
  • S. Dewitte
  • L. V. Didkovsky
  • M. Dominique
  • F. G. Eparvier
  • T. Foujols
  • D. Gillotay
  • B. Giordanengo
  • J. P. Halain
  • R. A. Hock
  • A. Irbah
  • C. Jeppesen
  • D. L. Judge
  • M. Kretzschmar
  • D. R. McMullin
  • B. Nicula
  • W. Schmutz
  • G. Ucker
  • S. Wieman
  • D. Woodraska
  • T. N. Woods
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11207-013-0290-z

Cite this article as:
BenMoussa, A., Gissot, S., Schühle, U. et al. Sol Phys (2013) 288: 389. doi:10.1007/s11207-013-0290-z

Abstract

We present the lessons learned about the degradation observed in several space solar missions, based on contributions at the Workshop about On-Orbit Degradation of Solar and Space Weather Instruments that took place at the Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (Royal Observatory of Belgium) in Brussels on 3 May 2012. The aim of this workshop was to open discussions related to the degradation observed in Sun-observing instruments exposed to the effects of the space environment. This article summarizes the various lessons learned and offers recommendations to reduce or correct expected degradation with the goal of increasing the useful lifespan of future and ongoing space missions.

Keywords

Degradation Solar instruments Space environment Calibration Contamination Solar mission 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. BenMoussa
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Gissot
    • 2
  • U. Schühle
    • 3
  • G. Del Zanna
    • 4
  • F. Auchère
    • 5
  • S. Mekaoui
    • 17
    • 6
  • A. R. Jones
    • 7
  • D. Walton
    • 8
  • C. J. Eyles
    • 10
    • 9
  • G. Thuillier
    • 11
  • D. Seaton
    • 2
  • I. E. Dammasch
    • 2
  • G. Cessateur
    • 12
  • M. Meftah
    • 11
  • V. Andretta
    • 13
  • D. Berghmans
    • 2
  • D. Bewsher
    • 14
  • D. Bolsée
    • 1
    • 15
  • L. Bradley
    • 8
  • D. S. Brown
    • 14
  • P. C. Chamberlin
    • 16
  • S. Dewitte
    • 17
  • L. V. Didkovsky
    • 18
  • M. Dominique
    • 2
  • F. G. Eparvier
    • 7
  • T. Foujols
    • 11
  • D. Gillotay
    • 15
  • B. Giordanengo
    • 2
  • J. P. Halain
    • 19
  • R. A. Hock
    • 20
  • A. Irbah
    • 11
  • C. Jeppesen
    • 7
  • D. L. Judge
    • 18
  • M. Kretzschmar
    • 21
  • D. R. McMullin
    • 22
  • B. Nicula
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. Schmutz
    • 12
  • G. Ucker
    • 7
  • S. Wieman
    • 18
  • D. Woodraska
    • 7
  • T. N. Woods
    • 7
  1. 1.Solar Terrestrial Centre of ExcellenceBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Insitut für SonnensystemforschungKatlenburg-LindauGermany
  4. 4.DAMTP – Centre for Mathematical SciencesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  5. 5.Institut Astrophysique SpatialeCNRS-Université Paris-Sud 11OrsayFrance
  6. 6.European Commission – Joint Research CentreIspraItaly
  7. 7.Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  8. 8.Mullard Space Science LaboratoryDorkingUK
  9. 9.Space Science and Technology DepartmentRutherford Appleton LaboratoryDidcotUK
  10. 10.Grupo de Astronomia y Ciencias del Espacio, ICMUVUniversidad de ValanciaValenciaSpain
  11. 11.LATMOS-CNRS UMR 8190, Université Paris VIUniversité de VersaillesVersaillesFrance
  12. 12.PMOD/WRCDavosSwitzerland
  13. 13.INAFOsservatorio Astronomico di CapodimonteNaplesItaly
  14. 14.Jeremiah Horrocks InstituteUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  15. 15.Belgium Institute for Space AeronomyBrusselsBelgium
  16. 16.Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  17. 17.Royal Meteorological Institute of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium
  18. 18.Space Sciences CenterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  19. 19.Centre Spatial de LiègeUniversité de LiègeAngleurBelgium
  20. 20.Air Force Research LaboratoryKirtland Air Force BaseAlburquequeUSA
  21. 21.LPC2E/CNRS, (UMR 7328)Université d’OrléansOrléans cedex 2France
  22. 22.Space Systems Research CorporationAlexandriaUSA

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