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The Case for a New Frontiers-Class Uranus Orbiter: System Science at an Underexplored and Unique World with a Mid-scale Mission

Cohen, I and Beddingfield, C.B. and Chancia, R.O. and DiBraccio, G.A. and Hedman, M. and MacKenzie, S.M. and Mauk, B. H. and Sayanagi, K.M. and Soderlund, K. and Turtle, E. and Ahrens, C. and Arridge, C. S. and Brooks, S. M. and Bunce, E.J. and Charnoz, S. and Coustenis, A and Dillman, R.A. and Dutta, S. and Flechter, Leigh and Harbison, R.A. and Helled, Ravit and Holme, R. and Jozwiak, L. M. and Kasaba, Y. and Kollmann, P. and Luszcz-Cook, S. and Mandt, Kathleen E. and Mousis, O. and Mura, A. and Murakami, G. and Parisi, M. and Rymer, A. and Stanley, S. and Stephan, Katrin and Vervack, R and Wong, M.H. and Wurz, P (2022) The Case for a New Frontiers-Class Uranus Orbiter: System Science at an Underexplored and Unique World with a Mid-scale Mission. The Planetary Science Journal, 3 (3), pp. 1-14. Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing. doi: 10.3847/PSJ/ac5113. ISSN 2632-3338.

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Abstract

Current knowledge of the Uranian system is limited to observations from the flyby of Voyager 2 and limited remote observations. However, Uranus remains a highly compelling scientific target due to the unique properties of many aspects of the planet itself and its system. Future exploration of Uranus must focus on cross-disciplinary science that spans the range of research areas from the planet's interior, atmosphere, and magnetosphere to the its rings and satellites, as well as the interactions between them. Detailed study of Uranus by an orbiter is crucial not only for valuable insights into the formation and evolution of our solar system but also for providing ground truths for the understanding of exoplanets. As such, exploration of Uranus will not only enhance our understanding of the ice giant planets themselves but also extend to planetary dynamics throughout our solar system and beyond. The timeliness of exploring Uranus is great, as the community hopes to return in time to image unseen portions of the satellites and magnetospheric configurations. This urgency motivates evaluation of what science can be achieved with a lower-cost, potentially faster-turnaround mission, such as a New Frontiers–class orbiter mission. This paper outlines the scientific case for and the technological and design considerations that must be addressed by future studies to enable a New Frontiers–class Uranus orbiter with balanced cross-disciplinary science objectives. In particular, studies that trade scientific scope and instrumentation and operational capabilities against simpler and cheaper options must be fundamental to the mission formulation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/191190/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Case for a New Frontiers-Class Uranus Orbiter: System Science at an Underexplored and Unique World with a Mid-scale Mission
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Cohen, IJHU/APLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Beddingfield, C.B.SETI InstituteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chancia, R.O.Univ.of IdahoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
DiBraccio, G.A.NASA/GSFCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hedman, M.Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
MacKenzie, S.M.JHU/APLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mauk, B. H.JHU/APLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sayanagi, K.M.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Soderlund, K.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Turtle, E.University of Arizona, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ahrens, C.NASA GoddardUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arridge, C. S.University College, LondonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brooks, S. M.JPLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bunce, E.J.University of Leicester, United KingdomUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Charnoz, S.Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coustenis, ALESIA, Observatoire de MeudonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dillman, R.A.NASA/LaRCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dutta, S.U niversity of ParisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Flechter, LeighUniveristy of LeicesterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Harbison, R.A.Univ.of Nebraska-LincolnUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Helled, RavitInstitute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, Zurich, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Holme, R.University of Liverpool, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jozwiak, L. M.johns hopkins university applied physics laboratory 11100 johns hopkins rd. laurel, md 20723-6099, usaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kasaba, Y.Department of Geophysics, Tohoku University, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kollmann, P.JHU/APLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Luszcz-Cook, S.American Museum of Natural HistoryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mandt, Kathleen E.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mousis, O.Institut UTINAM, Université de Franche-Comté, CNRS/INSU, Besançon, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mura, A.INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Murakami, G.JAXAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Parisi, M.University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics, AustinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rymer, A.JHU/APLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stanley, S.Johns Hopkins University, Earth & Planetary SciencesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stephan, KatrinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vervack, RJohns Hopkins UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wong, M.H.University of California at Berkeley, Department of Astronomy, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wurz, PUniversität BernUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2022
Journal or Publication Title:The Planetary Science Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:3
DOI:10.3847/PSJ/ac5113
Page Range:pp. 1-14
Publisher:Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing
ISSN:2632-3338
Status:Published
Keywords:Uranus; Solar system planets; Extrasolar gaseous giant planets; Planetary rings; Uranian satellites; Planetary magnetospheres; Planetary atmospheres; Planetary interior;
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Robotics
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RO - Robotics
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Planetary Exploration
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Stephan, Dr.rer.nat. Katrin
Deposited On:01 Dec 2022 13:24
Last Modified:21 Dec 2022 04:12

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