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Uranus Pathfinder: exploring the origins and evolution of Ice Giant planets

Arridge, C.S. and Agnor, C.B. and André, N. and Baines, K.H. and Fletcher, L.N. and Gautier, D. and Hofstadter, M.D. and Jones, G.H. and Lamy, L. and Langevin, Y. and Mousis, O. and Nettelmann, N. and Russell, C.T. and Stallard, T. and Tiscareno, M.S. and Tobie, G. and Bacon, A. and Chaloner, C. and Guest, M. and Kemble, S. and Peacocke, L. and Achilleos, N. and Andert, T.P. and Banfield, D. and Barabash, S. and Barthelemy, M. and Bertucci, C. and Brandt, P. and Cecconi, B. and Chakrabarti, S. and Cheng, A.F. and Christensen, U. and Christou, A. and Coates, A.J. and Collinson, G. and Cooper, J.F. and Courtin, R. and Dougherty, M.K. and Ebert, R.W. and Entradas, M. and Fazakerley, A.N. and Fortney, J.J. and Galand, M. and Gustin, J. and Hedman, M. and Helled, R. and Henri, P. and Hess, S. and Holme, R. and Karatekin, Ö. and Krupp, N. and Leisner, J. and Martin-Torres, J. and Masters, A. and Melin, H. and Miller, S. and Müller-Wodarg, I. and Noyelles, B. and Paranicas, C. and de Pater, I. and Pätzold, M. and Prangé, R. and Quémerais, E. and Roussos, E. and Rymer, A.M. and Sánchez-Lavega, A. and Saur, J. and Sayanagi, K.M. and Schenk, P. and Schubert, G. and Sergis, N. and Sohl, F. and Sittler Jr., E.C. and Teanby, N. and Tellmann, S. and Turtle, E.P. and Vinatier, S. and Wahlund, J.-E. and Zarka, P. (2012) Uranus Pathfinder: exploring the origins and evolution of Ice Giant planets. Experimental Astronomy, 33 (2-3), pp. 753-791. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10686-011-9251-4

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Abstract

The “Ice Giants” Uranus and Neptune are a different class of planet compared to Jupiter and Saturn. Studying these objects is important for furthering our understanding of the formation and evolution of the planets, and unravelling the fundamental physical and chemical processes in the Solar System. The importance of filling these gaps in our knowledge of the Solar System is particularly acute when trying to apply our understanding to the numerous planetary systems that have been discovered around other stars. The Uranus Pathfinder (UP) mission thus represents the quintessential aspects of the objectives of the European planetary community as expressed in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015–2025. UP was proposed to the European Space Agency’s M3 call for medium-class missions in 2010 and proposed to be the first orbiter of an Ice Giant planet. As the most accessible Ice Giant within the M-class mission envelope Uranus was identified as the mission target. Although not selected for this call the UP mission concept provides a baseline framework for the exploration of Uranus with existing low-cost platforms and underlines the need to develop power sources suitable for the outer Solar System. The UP science case is based around exploring the origins, evolution, and processes at work in Ice Giant planetary systems. Three broad themes were identified: (1) Uranus as an Ice Giant, (2) An Ice Giant planetary system, and (3) An asymmetric magnetosphere. Due to the long interplanetary transfer from Earth to Uranus a significant cruise-phase science theme was also developed. The UP mission concept calls for the use of a Mars Express/Rosetta-type platform to launch on a Soyuz–Fregat in 2021 and entering into an eccentric polar orbit around Uranus in the 2036–2037 timeframe. The science payload has a strong heritage in Europe and beyond and requires no significant technology developments.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74317/
Document Type:Article
Title:Uranus Pathfinder: exploring the origins and evolution of Ice Giant planets
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Arridge, C.S.Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Agnor, C.B.School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
André, N.Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements / CNRS, Toulouse, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Baines, K.H.NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Fletcher, L.N.Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UKUNSPECIFIED
Gautier, D.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Hofstadter, M.D.NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Jones, G.H.Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Lamy, L.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Langevin, Y.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS/Univ. Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Mousis, O.Institut UTINAM, CNRS, OSU THETA, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Nettelmann, N.Universität Rostock, Rostock, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Russell, C.T.Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USAUNSPECIFIED
Stallard, T.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, UKUNSPECIFIED
Tiscareno, M.S.Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIED
Tobie, G.LPG, CNRS, Université de Nantes, Nantes, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bacon, A.Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd., Bristol, UKUNSPECIFIED
Chaloner, C.Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd., Bristol, UKUNSPECIFIED
Guest, M.Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd., Bristol, UKUNSPECIFIED
Kemble, S.EADS Astrium, Stevenage, UKUNSPECIFIED
Peacocke, L.EADS Astrium, Stevenage, UKUNSPECIFIED
Achilleos, N.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Andert, T.P.Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Banfield, D.Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIED
Barabash, S.Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, SwedenUNSPECIFIED
Barthelemy, M.Université Joseph Fourier/CNRS-INSU / Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), Grenoble, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bertucci, C.Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaUNSPECIFIED
Brandt, P.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Cecconi, B.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Chakrabarti, S.Centre for Space Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Cheng, A.F.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Christensen, U.Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Christou, A.Armagh Observatory, Armagh, Northern IrelandUNSPECIFIED
Coates, A.J.Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Collinson, G.NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Cooper, J.F.NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Courtin, R.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Dougherty, M.K.The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Ebert, R.W.Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USAUNSPECIFIED
Entradas, M.Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Fazakerley, A.N.Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Fortney, J.J.University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Galand, M.The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Gustin, J.Laboratoire de Physique Atmosphérique et Planétaire, Université de Liège, Liège, BelgiumUNSPECIFIED
Hedman, M.Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIED
Helled, R.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Henri, P.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Hess, S.University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USAUNSPECIFIED
Holme, R.School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UKUNSPECIFIED
Karatekin, Ö.Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, BelgiumUNSPECIFIED
Krupp, N.Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Leisner, J.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Martin-Torres, J.Centre for Astrobiology, Madrid, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Masters, A.Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Melin, H.Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, UKUNSPECIFIED
Miller, S.Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Müller-Wodarg, I.The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London, UKUNSPECIFIED
Noyelles, B.Namur Centre for Complex Systems (NAXYS), University of Namur, Namur, BelgiumUNSPECIFIED
Paranicas, C.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
de Pater, I.University of California, Berkeley, USAUNSPECIFIED
Pätzold, M.Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research, University of Cologne, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Prangé, R.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Quémerais, E.LATMOS, CNRS, Guyancourt, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Roussos, E.Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Rymer, A.M.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sánchez-Lavega, A.University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Saur, J.Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Sayanagi, K.M.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Schenk, P.Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, USAUNSPECIFIED
Schubert, G.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sergis, N.Office for Space Research, Academy of Athens, Athens, GreeceUNSPECIFIED
Sohl, F.frank.sohl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sittler Jr., E.C.NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Teanby, N.School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UKUNSPECIFIED
Tellmann, S.Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research, University of Cologne, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Turtle, E.P.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Vinatier, S.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Wahlund, J.-E.Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, SwedenUNSPECIFIED
Zarka, P.LESIA, CNRS-Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
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:33
DOI :10.1007/s10686-011-9251-4
Page Range:pp. 753-791
Publisher:Springer
Status:Published
Keywords:Uranus; ice giants; orbiter; giant planet atmosphere; ring system; interior; dynamo; magnetosphere; natural satellite.
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
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Sohl, Frank
Deposited On:06 Feb 2012 10:52
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:25

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