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SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer)
SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) aims to investigate the dynamic coupling of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere in a novel and global manner. From a highly elliptical Earth polar orbit, SMILE will combine charge exchange soft X-ray imaging of the Earth’s magnetic boundaries and polar cusps with simultaneous UV imaging of the northern aurora, while measuring solar wind/magnetosheath plasma and magnetic field conditions in situ. SMILE is a scientific precursor of space weather operational satellites which are expected to forecast the arrival and impact of solar storms on the terrestrial environment. SMILE does not provide forecasting capabilities, rather its measurements will inform the science underpinning our still limited understanding of space weather and its fundamental drivers. For the first time we will be able to trace and link the processes of solar wind injection in the magnetosphere with those acting on the charged particles precipitating into the cusps and eventually the aurora. SMILE is a joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, due for launch in 2023.
5 Researchers
3 External Collaborators
  • Eric Donovan
    University of Calgary - Canada
  • Dr Steve Sembay
    Leicester University - United Kingdom
  • Prof. Chi Wang
    CAS - China
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