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On-Orbit Degradation of Solar Instruments

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.

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BenMoussa, A., Gissot, S., Schühle, U. et al. On-Orbit Degradation of Solar Instruments. Sol Phys 288, 389–434 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-013-0290-z

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Keywords

  • Degradation
  • Solar instruments
  • Space environment
  • Calibration
  • Contamination
  • Solar mission