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ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« on: 10/19/2013 12:23 pm »
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/
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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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« Last Edit: 06/04/2015 02:37 pm by bolun »

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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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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #18 on: 10/25/2018 04:30 pm »
From https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=6114.msg1869673#msg1869673

http://www.spacetechasia.com/china-esa-smile-spacecraft-to-launch-on-vega-c-in-2021/
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Between October 10-12, scientists from China’s space programme and the European Space Agency (ESA) conducted a review of China-ESA joint mission SMILE. During the review, they confirmed that the SMILE spacecraft will be launched in 2021 on Arianespace’s upcoming Vega-C rocket, after choosing between the Soyuz, Ariane 6, and Vega-C.

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #19 on: 11/04/2018 07:27 pm »
« Last Edit: 09/02/2019 10:09 am by bolun »

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Re: ESA and CAS planning for a joint scientific mission
« Reply #20 on: 01/14/2019 03:10 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/

Now, SMILE is a "Collaborative mission with China"

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

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #21 on: 03/07/2019 07:42 pm »
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ESA_gives_go-ahead_for_Smile_mission_with_China

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The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, Smile, has been given the green light for implementation by ESA’s Science Programme Committee.

The announcement clears the way for full development of this new mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection, which will be conducted in collaboration with China.

Smile is expected to revolutionise scientists’ understanding of the physical processes taking place during the continuous interaction between particles in the solar wind and Earth’s magnetic shield – the magnetosphere.

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Under current plans, the 2200 kg spacecraft will be launched by a European Vega-C rocket or Ariane 6-2 in 2023, and subsequently be placed in a highly inclined elliptical orbit around Earth.

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The science payload consists of four instruments: two from Europe and Canada, and two from China.

The innovative wide-field Soft X-ray Imager (SXI), provided by the United Kingdom Space Agency and other European institutions, will obtain unique measurements of the regions where the solar wind impacts the magnetosphere. The Canada-led Ultra-Violet Imager (UVI) will study global distribution of the auroras.

The two Chinese instruments, the Light Ion Analyser (LIA) and Magnetometer (MAG), will measure the energetic particles in the solar wind and changes in the local magnetic field.

ESA is also responsible for the payload module, spacecraft test facilities, launcher, launch campaign, the primary ground station; ESA will share science operations with CAS. A contract for industry to build the payload module will be announced in due course, and all spacecraft assembly and test activities will take place in Europe.

The National Space Science Center (NSSC/CAS) in China is responsible for the spacecraft platform, spacecraft testing, and mission and science operations. The platform will be built in Shanghai by the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites (IAMC/CAS).

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #22 on: 03/20/2019 09:01 pm »
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UK Science Minister, Chris Skidmore,  has announced that new national space funding worth Ł7 million will ensure UK scientists play a leading role in a new space weather mission. The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) mission will study how the solar wind interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, which can impact on satellites, power grids and communications networks integral to our modern lives.


Great for UKSA and the SMILE mission...

https://spacewatch.global/2019/03/uk-to-play-main-role-in-new-space-weather-mission/
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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #23 on: 05/25/2019 11:15 am »

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #24 on: 07/23/2019 05:59 pm »
Canada, CSA joins to the mission SMILE  ;)

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With NASA not participating, an opportunity came about for Canada to play an important role. This mission also marks the first time Canada has collaborated with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on a space science project.


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According to the CSA “space weather can affect the performance of critical technologies and services both in space and on Earth, resulting in substantial economic impacts. Severe space weather events can disrupt radio communications and satellite navigation signals, damage electrical infrastructure and satellites, and even endanger trans-polar air travel. It is therefore important to try to understand space weather in order to limit its negative effects. Canada is the country with the largest landmass under the aurora borealis, or northern lights, the most visible manifestation of space weather.”

https://www.spaceq.ca/canada-joins-european-and-chinese-smile-space-weather-mission/
« Last Edit: 07/23/2019 06:00 pm by Tywin »
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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #25 on: 09/01/2019 08:54 pm »

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #27 on: 10/25/2021 11:08 am »
SMILE is currently scheduled for launch in November 2024:

http://english.cssar.cas.cn/smile/overview/
https://www.open.ac.uk/science/research/cei/missions/smile

In addition, progress is being made on the Soft X-ray Imager instrument:

Major step in UK contribution to space mission to study solar wind [dated Oct. 22]

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Space scientists from the University of Leicester have delivered a key component for a new mission to study the impact of the solar wind on Earth’s magnetic field.

Engineers from the University’s Space Research Centre have completed the structural and thermal model for the UK’s latest X-ray telescope, the Soft X-ray Imager (SXI), destined for space aboard the SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) probe when it launches at the end of 2024.

The model, which has now been delivered to Airbus in Spain for integration and testing within the prototype satellite system, is not the so-called flight model – but will help engineers understand the extreme requirements for the final design.

Specialists will subject the prototype to the significant vibrations, shocks and G-forces experienced during launch of the spacecraft, as well as the extreme temperatures it must operate at in space below -150°C.

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #28 on: 02/18/2022 04:52 pm »
https://twitter.com/esascience/status/1494633041796415490

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The 3 m-long magnetometer boom of our Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (Smile) mission is deployed under helium-filled balloons to simulate the weightlessness conditions of space, at @esa’s test centre in The Netherlands.

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #29 on: 03/21/2022 04:43 am »
A SMILE for future space weather forecasting as Payload Module travels to China [dated Mar. 17]

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The structural thermal model (STM) of the payload module (PLM) of the SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) mission has successfully passed its Delivery Review Board (DRB). The SMILE STM payload is now on its way to Luxembourg from where it will start its journey to Shanghai. On arrival it will be integrated onto the Chinese platform, to complete the qualification of the satellite.

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Integration onto the Chinese platform is expected to begin in early April. Once the complete satellite is finished, it will undergo a comprehensive five month long qualification test campaign including thermal, mechanical, EMC, magnetic, deployment and functional tests at system level. Airbus will give remote support.

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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #30 on: 02/13/2023 03:28 pm »
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Re: ESA/CAS - SMILE updates
« Reply #31 on: 09/18/2023 10:54 am »
SMILE! One step closer to space weather forecasting (12 July 2023)

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Teams from Airbus, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS/IAMC) have succeeded in getting the qualification model of the Chinese platform and the electrical-functional model of the European payload module (PLM) of the SMILE (Solar-wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) satellite to communicate with each other seamlessly at the Airbus facility in Madrid-Barajas. This is no mean feat, considering that each element is built in very different and separate environments and that so far the tests that have been performed (thermo-structural modelling) did not involve communication between the two systems.

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This test marked the start of the mission critical design review (CDR) held in Shanghai from 26 to 29 June which was declared successful. This moves forward the integration of the flight models of both systems (platform and PLM).

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