Christophe, Bruno and Spilker, L. J. and Anderson, J.D. and André, N. and Aurnou, Jonathan and Banfield, D. and Barucci, A. and Bertolami, O. and Bingham, R. and Brown, P. and Cecconi, Baptiste and Courty, J.-M. and Dittus, H. and Fletcher, Leigh N. and Foulon, B. and Francisco, Frederico and Gil, Paulo J.S. and Glassmeier, K.H. and Grundy, Will and Hansen, Candice and Helbert, J. and Helled, Ravit and Hussmann, H. and Lamine, B. and Lämmerzahl, C. and Lamy, P.L. and Lenoir, Benjamin and Levy, Agnés and Orton, G. and Páramos, Jorge and Poncy, Joel and Postberg, F. and Progrebenko, Sergei V. and Reh, K. and Reynaud, S. and Robert, Clélia and Samain, E. and Saur, J. and Sayanagi, Kunio M. and Schmitz, N. and Selig, Hanns and Sohl, F. and Spilker, T. and Srama, R. and Stephan, K. and Touboul, P. and Wolf, P. (2012) OSS (Outer Solar System): A fundamental and planetary physics mission to Neptune, Triton and the Kuiper Belt. Experimental Astronomy, 34 (2), pp. 203-242. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10686-012-9309-y.
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The present OSS mission continues a long and bright tradition by associating the communities of fundamental physics and planetary sciences in a single mission with ambitious goals in both domains. OSS is an M-class mission to explore the Neptune system almost half a century after flyby of the Voyager 2 spacecraft. Several discoveries were made by Voyager 2, including the Great Dark Spot (which has now disappeared) and Triton's geysers. Voyager 2 revealed the dynamics of Neptune's atmosphere and found four rings and evidence of ring arcs above Neptune. Benefiting from a greatly improved instrumentation, it will result in a striking advance in the study of the farthest planet of the Solar System. Furthermore, OSS will provide a unique opportunity to visit a selected Kuiper Belt object subsequent to the passage of the Neptunian system. It will consolidate the hypothesis of the origin of Triton as a KBO captured by Neptune, and improve our knowledge on the formation of the Solar system. The probe will embark instruments allowing precise tracking of the probe during cruise. It allows to perform the best controlled experiment for testing, in deep space, the General Relativity, on which is based all the models of Solar system formation. OSS is proposed as an international cooperation between ESA and NASA, giving the capability for ESA to launch an M-class mission towards the farthest planet of the Solar system, and to a Kuiper Belt object. The proposed mission profile would allow to deliver a 500 kg class spacecraft. The design of the probe is mainly constrained by the deep space gravity test in order to minimise the perturbation of the accelerometer measurement.
|Title:||OSS (Outer Solar System): A fundamental and planetary physics mission to Neptune, Triton and the Kuiper Belt|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Experimental Astronomy|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 203-242|
|Keywords:||General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)|
|HGF - Program:||Space (old)|
|HGF - Program Themes:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research area:||Space|
|DLR - Program:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||W - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems (old)|
|Location:||Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Space Systems|
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
|Deposited By:||Susanne Pieth|
|Deposited On:||19 Sep 2012 07:45|
|Last Modified:||07 Feb 2013 20:11|
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