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OSS (Outer Solar System): A fundamental and planetary physics mission to Neptune, Triton and the Kuiper Belt

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, Jörn 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, Nicole 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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Abstract

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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/72948/
Document Type:Article
Title:OSS (Outer Solar System): A fundamental and planetary physics mission to Neptune, Triton and the Kuiper Belt
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Christophe, BrunoONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Spilker, L. J.JPL/NASA, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Anderson, J.D.Global Aerospace, Los Angeles CAUNSPECIFIED
André, N.European Space Agency, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Aurnou, Jonathanjona (at) ess.ucla.eduUNSPECIFIED
Banfield, D.Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIED
Barucci, A.LESIA Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bertolami, O.Inst. Sup. Técnico, Lisbon UNSPECIFIED
Bingham, R.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIED
Brown, P.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 3K7, CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Cecconi, BaptisteObservatoire de Paris LESIA 5 Place Jules Janssen FR 92195 Meudon FranceUNSPECIFIED
Courty, J.-M.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, H.Inst. of Space Systems, DLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Fletcher, Leigh N.University of Oxford, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary PhysicsUNSPECIFIED
Foulon, B.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Francisco, FredericoInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de LisboaUNSPECIFIED
Gil, Paulo J.S.Inst. Sup. Técnico, LisbonUNSPECIFIED
Glassmeier, K.H.Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie, TU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Grundy, WillLowell Observatory, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001UNSPECIFIED
Hansen, CandicePSIUNSPECIFIED
Helbert, JörnJoern.Helbert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505
Helled, RavitDept. of Earth and Space Sciences, 595 Charles Young Drive East,Box 951567,Los Angeles, CA UNSPECIFIED
Hussmann, H.hauke.hussmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lamine, B.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lamy, P.L.LAM, MarseilleUNSPECIFIED
Lenoir, BenjaminDépartement de Mesures Physiques (DMPH)UNSPECIFIED
Levy, AgnésONERA/DMPH, 29 av. Division Leclerc, F-92322 Chatillon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Orton, G.JPL, Caltech, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIED
Páramos, JorgeInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, LissabonUNSPECIFIED
Poncy, JoelThales Alenia Space, Cannes, France UNSPECIFIED
Postberg, F.Max Planck Institute Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Progrebenko, Sergei V.Jet Propulsion Laboratory [NASA] (JPL)UNSPECIFIED
Reh, K.JPL, Caltech, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIED
Reynaud, S.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Robert, Clélia Département d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée (DOTA) UNSPECIFIED
Samain, E.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Saur, J.University of CologneUNSPECIFIED
Sayanagi, Kunio M. Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institute of Planetary Research UNSPECIFIED
Schmitz, NicoleNicole.Schmitz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Selig, HannsUniversity of BremenUNSPECIFIED
Sohl, F.frank.sohl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Spilker, T.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyJet Propulsion Laboratory, California InstitUNSPECIFIED
Srama, R.Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, HeidelbergUNSPECIFIED
Stephan, K.katrin.stephan (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Touboul, P.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Wolf, P.ARC, AachenUNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:34
DOI :10.1007/s10686-012-9309-y
Page Range:pp. 203-242
Publisher:Springer
Status:Published
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: Pieth, Susanne
Deposited On:19 Sep 2012 07:45
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:53

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