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Call for Media: Last chance to view Europe’s Solar Orbiter

03/10/2019 2939 views 25 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Space Science

ESA’s new Sun explorer will leave Europe soon, with final launch preparations starting in November at Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. ESA and Airbus Defence and Space invite members of the media to get a final glimpse of Solar Orbiter on 18 October at IABG’s space test centre in Ottobrunn, near Munich, Germany, before the spacecraft departs for the launch site.

The Sun up close
Solar Orbiter will study the Sun and its dynamic solar wind up close, in much more detail than previously possible. It will observe the as-yet uncharted polar regions of our parent star, and provide key information on how it drives the constantly changing space weather throughout the Solar System. This will help us better understand the star we live with, how it affects the space environment around Earth and beyond.

The spacecraft is currently undergoing final testing and will depart for Florida at the end of October, ahead of its scheduled February 2020 launch from Cape Canaveral.

Experts from ESA, Airbus DS and Solar Orbiter instrument teams will present the mission, its technical challenges and scientific goals during a dedicated programme for media, from 10:30 to 15:00 CEST on Friday 18 October. There will be ample opportunities for interviews with space experts and for taking photos and videos of the spacecraft in the cleanroom.

The event will be conducted in English. There will be no livestream.

Programme outline (all times in CEST)

Doors open

Rudolf F. Schwarz, IABG CEO: Welcome

Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science: Voyage 2050, ESA’s science programme

Eckard Settelmeyer, Airbus DS Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Institutional Satellite Projects: Airbus DS delivering cutting edge technology to ESA’s science programme

César García, ESA Solar Orbiter Project Manager: Solar Orbiter mission overview and challenges

Ian Walters, Airbus DS Solar Orbiter Project Manager: Solar Orbiter and its challenges for industry

Daniel Müller, ESA Solar Orbiter Project Scientist and Holly Gilbert, NASA Deputy Solar Orbiter Project Scientist: Scientific insights of Solar Orbiter

Tim Horbury, Solar Orbiter scientist, Imperial College London and Frédéric Auchère, Solar Orbiter scientist, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris-Sud: In situ and remote sensing science of Solar Orbiter

11:40 – 11:50 
Uwe Bertram, IABG Solar Orbiter Project Manager: Environmental Test Campaign at IABG on Solar Orbiter

Opportunity for questions, followed by a visit to the cleanroom to see the satellite and interview opportunities

Buffet lunch and interview opportunities

End of the event

Media registration

Please register by 16 October at including the information from the accreditation form (below). A valid ID-Card or Passport is mandatory to enter the event. To enter the cleanroom, wearing of long trousers and sturdy shoes are compulsory. The event will take place at IABG, Einsteinstrasse 20, D-85521 Ottobrunn, Germany.

Photographs will be taken during this event. Please let us know if you do not want to be photographed.

Accreditation form

First Name: __________________________

Surname: ______________________

Nationality: ____________________

Passport No.: ___________________

Issued by: ______________________

Valid until: _____________________

Media: __________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________

Tel: ______________________

Email: ___________________________________________

Solar Orbiter array deployment test
Solar Orbiter array deployment test

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Social media

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