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The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have agreed to explore the possibility of identifying a scientific mission which could be jointly implemented by ESA-SRE and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS.

Purpose and Goals

The goal is to jointly define this mission through cooperation between the European and Chinese scientific communities. Activities will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases of the mission: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation.

ESA and CAS have agreed that the first step in this process is to promote interactions between Chinese and European scientists who are interesting in responding to a joint Call for proposals for such a mission.

For this reason ESA and CAS are organising two workshops, one in China and one in Europe, separated by approximately 6 months.

The 1st Workshop will be hosted in Chengdu (China) on 25-26 February 2014. The goals of this workshop are to:

- Allow European and Chinese scientists to present ideas for cooperative missions, paving the way for potential partnerships.

- Provide to the community preliminary guidelines on the technical and programmatic constraints that need to be considered by potential proposers.

After the first workshop, European and Chinese scientists will be encouraged to team together, looking for shared interests towards a joint mission proposal.

The second workshop, to be organised in Europe in the 3rd quarter of 2014, will focus on:

- Presentations preferentially by joint European and Chinese teams on specific scientific objectives and preliminary mission concepts to fulfil these objectives. These will allow ideas for potential joint missions to be further elaborated and scientific cooperation to be extended.

- Providing more detailed information on the technical and programmatic requirements that need to be fulfilled by the proposed missions and about the terms, conditions and planning for the forthcoming Call.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53072-esa-and-cas-planning-for-a-joint-mission/
« Last Edit: 10/19/2013 12:24 PM by bolun »

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #1 on: 12/16/2013 11:31 AM »
Information about the boundary conditions for the candidate missions

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53072-esa-and-cas-planning-for-a-joint-mission/?fbodylongid=2235

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The size of the contribution from ESA is envisaged to be comparable to that of a "Small Mission" in the Science Programme, with a similar sized contribution from the CAS.

As it is usual for ESA science missions, the ESA Member States are assumed to provide (partly or fully) the European contribution to the payload elements.

The mission’s science objectives could be in astronomy, solar system science or fundamental physics.

For planning purposes a launch in 2021 is envisaged.

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Preliminary technical guidelines

- Spacecraft launch mass <= 250kg;
- Payload mass < = 60kg;
- Payload power 50 watt average (typical);
- The use of an optional propulsion module can be envisaged for orbit transfer, subject to compatibility with selected launcher;
- Launcher: Long March 2C/2D, with or without upper stage, if applicable as passenger; Vega if applicable as passenger; or Soyuz as passenger;
- Operational lifetime of satellite 2-3 years.

Preliminary programmatic constraints

- The proposed mission should be self-standing and not an element of a larger mission;
- Moon and Mars exploration missions will excluded from the call as they are covered by the Exploration Programmes in Europe and in China;
- Technology readiness requirements: TRL6/7 preferable, TRL5 acceptable, by the time of the call;
- Space segment development schedule below ~3.5-4 years
- The space segment will have to be ITAR-free, and compatible with the applicable space debris regulations.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #2 on: 02/03/2014 11:30 AM »

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #3 on: 06/16/2014 04:32 PM »
http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/54130-2nd-workshop-on-planning-for-a-joint-scientific-space-mission/

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The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have agreed to explore the possibility of identifying a scientific mission which could be jointly implemented by ESA-SRE and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS.

The scientific communities in Europe and China are invited to present their ideas about such joint scientific mission at the 2nd ESA-CAS workshop that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23-24 September, 2014.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #4 on: 11/28/2014 11:28 AM »
http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/55052-pre-announcement-of-the-issue-of-a-joint-call-for-missions-from-the-chinese-academy-of-sciences-cas-and-the-european-space-agency-esa/

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The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) intend to issue in January 2015 a Call for Missions for the selection of a scientific mission to be jointly implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #5 on: 01/24/2015 03:32 PM »
Joint call for a mission from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA)

19 January 2015

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have agreed to jointly pursue a scientific space mission, to be implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS. The present Joint Call for Missions solicits proposals for such mission from the scientific communities in the ESA Member States and in China. The proposal submission deadline is 16 March 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET/19:00 Beijing Time.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/55262-joint-call-for-a-mission-from-the-chinese-academy-of-sciences-cas-and-the-european-space-agency-esa/

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #6 on: 02/09/2015 01:12 AM »
Further to the above, it isn't made entirely clear in the call but apparently this will be considered to be "S2" in the small-class programme.


Additionally here's one mission that will apparently be proposed, INSTANT, which will study space weather from L5.

https://instantmission.wordpress.com/

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #7 on: 02/09/2015 07:33 AM »
The teams that might propose were pretty much all at the Copenhagen conference in September presenting their projects:

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/54130-2nd-workshop-on-planning-for-a-joint-scientific-space-mission/?fbodylongid=2298

There was only one presentation that didn't lay out orbital parameters, sat bus to be used etc - the one by the eLISA consortium. Most missions were presented for 3 year durations; some were better-defined than others. Many of these missions were previously proposed for ESA Cosmic Visions S1 in 2012.

The projects presented effectively fell into two categories:
a) measuring certain things around the sun, usually from SSO, including space weather functions
b) measurements in Earth's magnetosphere in elliptic HEO or SSO, also with space weather function
c) deep-space spectroscopy (eUV, gamma-ray, IR), usually from LEO

a) would be INSTANT, MASC, SEEPE, SUITS
b) would be BEADS, AXIOM-Jian,
c) would be PANGU, SIRIUS, FIRSPEX, MESSIER, IGM UV Mapping, DSL, GRESE, mXIPE

Some of the proposals optionally use two separate spacecraft. DSL would use a main satellite and twelve nanosats either in lunar orbit or at SEL2.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #9 on: 06/04/2015 01:47 PM »
ESA and Chinese Academy of Sciences to study SMILE as joint mission

04 June 2015

European and Chinese scientists have recommended the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer as their candidate for a collaborative science mission for launch in 2021.

SMILE will investigate the interaction between Earth's protective shield – the magnetosphere – and the supersonic solar wind. The mission is expected to make an important contribution to our understanding of space weather and, in particular, the physical processes taking place during the continuous interaction between the solar wind and the magnetosphere.

SMILE would be launched into a highly inclined, elliptical orbit that would take it almost a third of the way to the Moon. From this orbit it would be able to make continual observations of key regions in near-Earth space.

These would include simultaneous images and movies of the magnetopause (the boundary between Earth's magnetosphere and the solar wind), the polar cusps (two regions, one in each hemisphere, where solar wind particles have a direct access to Earth’s ionosphere), and the auroral oval (the region around each geomagnetic pole where auroras most often occur).

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/55972-esa-and-chinese-academy-of-sciences-to-study-smile-as-joint-mission/

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #11 on: 06/05/2015 12:46 PM »
The 11th ESA-China Space Science Bilateral Meeting held in Spain

http://english.nssc.cas.cn/ns/headline/201506/t20150603_148087.html

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #12 on: 06/06/2015 07:46 PM »
UKSA claimed this mission to be S2 - i.e. within the Cosmic Vision context for ESA. Anyone know if it's actually being paid from CV, or whether - as is far more likely - it's budgeted as a Mission of Opportunity?

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #13 on: 06/07/2015 12:11 AM »
I believe that this would indeed be within the CV. But I may be wrong, ESA never seems to make it completely clear.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #14 on: 06/22/2015 03:00 PM »
【China Daily】China, Europe to send a SMILE into space

http://english.nssc.cas.cn/ns/NU/201506/t20150618_149017.html


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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #15 on: 07/26/2015 08:33 PM »
UKSA claimed this mission to be S2 - i.e. within the Cosmic Vision context for ESA. Anyone know if it's actually being paid from CV, or whether - as is far more likely - it's budgeted as a Mission of Opportunity?

Yes, SMILE is the S2 mission in the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme.

http://sci.esa.int/home/51459-missions/

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #16 on: 07/19/2016 01:44 PM »
http://english.nssc.cas.cn/ns/NU/201605/t20160518_163196.html

The 12th China-ESA Space Science Bilateral Meeting Opens in Shanghai

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The major topic of the meeting revolved around the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer Mission (SMILE). Both parties reported to the meeting the recent progress of the mission and discussed the responsibilities of the parties, which will be conducive to an implementation agreement under the CAS-ESA space cooperation framework.

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #17 on: 09/30/2017 07:43 AM »
THALES ALENIA SPACE SIGNS A CONTRACT WITH THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY FOR THE DESIGN DEFINITION OF SMILE PAYLOAD MODULE

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/thales-alenia-space-signs-contract-european-space-agency-design

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