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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 AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Christophe, BrunoONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Spilker, L. J.JPL/NASA, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Anderson, J.D.Global Aerospace, Los Angeles CAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
André, N.European Space Agency, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aurnou, JonathanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Banfield, D.Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barucci, A.LESIA Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bertolami, O.Inst. Sup. Técnico, Lisbon UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bingham, R.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brown, P.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 3K7, CanadaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cecconi, BaptisteObservatoire de Paris LESIA 5 Place Jules Janssen FR 92195 Meudon FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Courty, J.-M.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, H.Inst. of Space Systems, DLR, BremenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fletcher, Leigh N.University of Oxford, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary PhysicsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Foulon, B.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Francisco, FredericoInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de LisboaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gil, Paulo J.S.Inst. Sup. Técnico, LisbonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Glassmeier, K.H.Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie, TU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grundy, WillLowell Observatory, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hansen, CandicePSIUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Helbert, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505UNSPECIFIED
Helled, RavitDept. of Earth and Space Sciences, 595 Charles Young Drive East,Box 951567,Los Angeles, CA UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hussmann, H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lamine, B.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ParisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lamy, P.L.LAM, MarseilleUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lenoir, BenjaminDépartement de Mesures Physiques (DMPH)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Levy, AgnésONERA/DMPH, 29 av. Division Leclerc, F-92322 Chatillon, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Orton, G.JPL, Caltech, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Páramos, JorgeInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, LissabonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Poncy, JoelThales Alenia Space, Cannes, France UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Postberg, F.Max Planck Institute Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Progrebenko, Sergei V.Jet Propulsion Laboratory [NASA] (JPL)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reh, K.JPL, Caltech, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reynaud, S.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Robert, Clélia Département d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée (DOTA) UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Samain, E.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Saur, J.University of CologneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sayanagi, Kunio M. Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institute of Planetary Research UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmitz, NicoleUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6481-6189UNSPECIFIED
Selig, HannsUniversity of BremenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sohl, F.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0355-1556UNSPECIFIED
Spilker, T.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyJet Propulsion Laboratory, California InstitUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Srama, R.Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, HeidelbergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stephan, K.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Touboul, P.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wolf, P.ARC, AachenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
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:29 Mar 2023 00:14

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