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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #20 on: 05/02/2012 06:49 PM »
Cassini had a similar development/journey time.  If you want to study the outer solar system you have to expect it to take some time.

Following on from as58, better an outer mission is selected now or it would have been at least ~2028 before it was launched!  There are other opportunities for missions with quicker returns, L2, M3 etc.
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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #21 on: 05/02/2012 07:28 PM »
JUICE is Europe’s next large science mission
 
2 May 2012

PR 13 2012 - Jupiter’s icy moons are the focus of Europe’s next large science mission, ESA announced today.
 
The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer – JUICE – was selected over two other candidates: NGO, the New Gravitational wave Observatory, to hunt for gravitational waves, and ATHENA, the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics.

JUICE is the first Large-class mission chosen as part of ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme.

It will be launched in 2022 from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5, arriving at Jupiter in 2030 to spend at least three years making detailed observations.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM9I4QWJ1H_index_0.html
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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #22 on: 05/02/2012 07:37 PM »
Mission Summary

JUICE /JUpiter ICy moons Explorer

Cosmic Vision Themes:
 
- What are the conditions for planet formation and emergence of life?
- How does the Solar System work?
 
Primary Mission Themes:

- Emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants
- Jupiter system as an archetype for gas giants

Lifetime:

- 7.6 years cruise & 3.5 years in the Jovian system
- Type L-class candidate mission

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=129

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #23 on: 05/03/2012 02:09 PM »
Still waiting to catch the gravitational wave

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17926651

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #24 on: 02/28/2013 07:08 PM »
Forthcoming Call - Science themes for the next two L-class missions

27 Feb 2013

The Director of Science and Robotic Exploration will soon release a Call for White Papers, soliciting proposals for the science themes to be addressed by the two next Large (L-class) missions in ESA's Cosmic Vision plan (L2 and L3).

This solicitation for inputs from the wide scientific community is the first step in the process leading to the definition of L2 and L3, for which the planned launch opportunities are, respectively, in 2028 and 2034.

The Call for White Papers is foreseen to be released in the first week of March 2013, with a due date in the third week of May 2013.

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=51425

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« Reply #25 on: 07/05/2013 07:30 PM »
http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/51983-presentation-meeting-l2-and-l3-science-themes/

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Before the end of the year, the science themes to be explored by ESA's next two Large (L-class) missions will be decided. In September, an open meeting in Paris will hear from the scientists who proposed the new themes, as the next phase of ESA's Science Programme begins to be mapped out. All interested parties are invited to attend. This two-day presentation is part of the process that will lead to the selection of the science themes and associated questions for the L2 and L3 missions, expected to launch in 2028 and 2034 respectively.

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #26 on: 07/11/2013 02:51 AM »
^ The science theme proposals have been published.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/52030-white-papers-submitted-in-response-to-esas-call-for-science-themes-for-the-l2-and-l3-missions/

Not a lot that's terribly new, heavy focus on the currently neglected areas of planetary science; Venus, Ice Giants, Titan.  The "quick win" Mars Sample Return and the ODINUS ideas are probably the most surprising.
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« Reply #27 on: 07/12/2013 07:00 PM »
The paper is huge.

First thing I notice is they're talking about outer planets. NASAs planetary budget is Mars-centric so I'm glad somebody still cares about gas giants.

Nepture by 2043!! Yes please. If not we'll have to wait for 2056 due to the 13 year synodic period between being able to get a Jupiter gravity assist.

That's with Ariane 5 though they make a point of not trying to guess future Ariane launcher performance.

So much to get through with this paper and it's late here. I'll continue reading tomorrow and see if anything else piques my interest.

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« Reply #28 on: 11/28/2013 03:19 PM »
European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25125672

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #29 on: 11/28/2013 05:52 PM »

European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25125672

I thought that gravity wave one had been set already hence the soon to be launched pathfinder mission.

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #30 on: 11/28/2013 06:24 PM »
European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25125672

Snazzy film to go with the selection, if you like pretty pictures...






I thought that gravity wave one had been set already hence the soon to be launched pathfinder mission.
The pathfinder, while testing technologies important for eLisa, is a standalone mission.

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #31 on: 11/29/2013 07:56 AM »
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe

28 November 2013

The hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions, it was announced today.

Both topics will bridge fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes by studying in detail the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics.

The science theme “the hot and energetic Universe” was selected for L2 – the second Large-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision science programme – and is expected to be pursued with an advanced X-ray observatory.

This mission, with a launch date foreseen for 2028, will address two key questions. How and why does ordinary matter assemble into the galaxies and galactic clusters that we see today, and how do black holes grow and influence their surroundings?

Black holes, which lurk unseen at the centres of almost all galaxies, are regarded as one of the keys to understanding galaxy formation and evolution.

The L3 mission will study the gravitational Universe, searching for ripples in the very fabric of space–time created by celestial objects with very strong gravity, such as pairs of merging black holes.

Predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity but yet to be detected directly, gravitational waves promise to open a completely new window on the Universe.

Planned for launch in 2034, it will require the development of a spaceborne gravitational wave observatory, or extreme precision ‘gravitometer’, an ambitious enterprise that will push the boundaries of current technology.

“ESA has an outstanding record for developing state-of-the art space observatories that have revolutionised our knowledge of how stars and galaxies were born and evolved,” says Alvaro Gimenez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

“By pursuing these two new themes, we will continue to push back the scientific boundaries and unveil the mysteries of the invisible Universe.”

The selection process for L2 and L3 began in March 2013, when ESA issued a call to the European science community to suggest the next scientific themes that should be pursued by the Cosmic Vision programme’s Large missions.

Thirty-two proposals were received and assessed by a Senior Survey Committee, and following an extensive interaction with the scientific community two major themes were recommended to the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

“We had a difficult task in deciding which scientific themes to choose from all of the excellent candidates, but we believe that missions to study the hot, energetic Universe and gravitational waves will result in discoveries of the greatest importance to cosmology, astrophysics, and physics in general,” says Catherine Cesarsky, chair of the Senior Survey Committee.

Although the launch dates for the L2 and L3 missions are more than a decade away, activities to prepare the missions will start very soon. Early in 2014, a call for L2 mission concepts will be announced to solicit proposals for a next-generation X-ray observatory. A similar procedure will be followed at a later date for the L3 mission.

“We have opened up a new scientific roadmap for Europe today that will establish our leadership in this field for the next two decades while we develop and implement new technologies for these exciting missions,” adds Prof. Gimenez.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ESA_s_new_vision_to_study_the_invisible_Universe

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #32 on: 11/30/2013 12:50 PM »
Interesting what didn't make it, apparently (according to this) the five finalists were;

Gravitational universe

Hot and energetic universe

Habitable worlds beyond the solar system

Microwave and FIR polarimetric spectroimaging of the sky

Science at the icy giants
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« Reply #33 on: 12/02/2013 08:28 AM »
Interesting what didn't make it, apparently (according to this) the five finalists were;

Gravitational universe

Hot and energetic universe

Habitable worlds beyond the solar system

Microwave and FIR polarimetric spectroimaging of the sky

Science at the icy giants

There was a report.

Report of the Senior Survey Committee on the selection on science themes for the L2 and L3 missions

Publication date: 28 November 2013

Authors: Senior Survey Committee

Year: 2013

A Senior Survey Committee was appointed by the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration to advise him on the definition of the science themes and questions to be addressed by the L2 and L3 missions, the next large missions in the Cosmic Vision programme. This report (pdf format, 23.4 MB) represents the synthesis of the committee's work and outlines their recommendations.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53261-report-on-science-themes-for-the-l2-and-l3-missions/

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« Reply #34 on: 12/07/2013 08:53 AM »
NASA Wants Role In Europe's Next-Gen Astrophysics Missions, says AWST
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_12_05_2013_p0-643577.xml
I hope ESA will put a good termination clause on any contract with NASA from now on. that would make a sizeable percentage of its budget ;)

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Re: ESA - L class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #35 on: 12/10/2013 12:31 PM »
Quote from: Alpha_Centauri
Snazzy film to go with the selection, if you like pretty pictures...

Give those guys money for a movie.
« Last Edit: 12/10/2013 12:31 PM by Oli »

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« Reply #36 on: 01/22/2014 08:26 AM »
Call for mission concepts for the large-size 'L2' mission opportunity in ESA's Science Programme

20 January 2014

Through this Call for Missions, the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits proposals from the broad scientific community for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidates for the implementation of the second large mission (L2) of the Cosmic Vision Plan, for a planned launch in 2028.

“The Hot and Energetic Universe” is the scientific theme of the L2 mission. Among the key questions to be addressed by the mission concepts that are proposed in response to this Call are: How and why does ordinary matter assemble into the large-scale structures that we see today, and how do black holes grow and influence their surroundings? In addition, the mission should allow continuing progress in the study of distant transient phenomena, and in particular on gamma-ray bursts, and to enable new observatory science.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53614-call-for-mission-concepts-for-l2-mission-opportunity/

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« Reply #37 on: 02/10/2016 11:34 AM »
ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW SCIENCE IDEAS IN ESA'S SCIENCE PROGRAMME

9 February 2016

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/new-scientific-ideas

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Through this Call the Director of Science solicits from the broad scientific community proposals for the competitive selection of new "Science Ideas", to be investigated in terms of feasibility and needed technology developments.

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The present Call is open to science ideas in all areas of Space Science. No limitations to the science goals addressed are imposed on the proposals.

This Call is not intended at replacing future Calls for Medium (M) or Large (L) missions, but aims at stimulating the emergence of new and innovative science ideas based on technologies not yet sufficiently mature, possibly to become potential candidates for future M or L mission Calls in the ESA Science Programme.

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« Reply #38 on: 02/13/2016 02:41 PM »
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ESA_congratulations_on_gravitational_wave_discovery

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ESA has identified the gravitational Universe as the scientific theme for its L3 mission, the third Large-class mission in the Cosmic Vision science programme, resulting in a large gravitational wave observatory in space in the coming years.

Today’s LISA Pathfinder is a step towards L3, because it will test whether it is possible to put test masses in pure free fall, unperturbed by any external forces, at the level needed for the future space-based gravitational wave observatory.

Note: I have changed the name of the thread.

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« Reply #39 on: 10/25/2016 04:52 PM »
Next step towards a gravitational-wave observatory in space

25 October 2016

Today, ESA has invited European scientists to propose concepts for the third large mission in its science programme, to study the gravitational Universe.

A spaceborne observatory of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime created by accelerating massive objects – was identified in 2013 as the goal for the third large mission (L3) in ESA's Cosmic Vision plan.

A Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team was appointed in 2014, composed of independent experts. The team completed its final report earlier this year, further recommending ESA to pursue the mission having verified the feasibility of a multisatellite design with free-falling test masses linked over millions of kilometres by lasers.

Now, following the first detection of the elusive waves with ground-based experiments and the successful performance of ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission, which demonstrated some of the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves from space, the agency is inviting the scientific community to submit proposals for the first space mission to observe gravitational waves.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/58544-next-step-towards-a-gravitational-wave-observatory-in-space/

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