The space missions the group is involved with and the data these missions provide are central to the research interests of the group. Instrumentation designed and built by the group is currently exploring many corners of our solar system.

Imperial College Space Missions

Current Operational Space Missions

Cluster Cluster Cluster is a scientific mission of ESA to study the space environment of the Earth
Cassini-Huygens Cassini-Huygens A joint NASA/ESA mission to Saturn and Titan
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Post-Operational Missions

Double Star Double Star Joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Chinese Mission to explore the Earth's magnetosphere
Ulysees Ulysses A three spacecraft CubeSat mission to study Space Weather by making multi-point measurements of the magnetic field and energetic ions and electrons in near-Earth space and imaging ring current particles
Venus Express Venus Express

ESA’s first mission to our nearest planetary neighbour, Venus 

Rosetta Rosetta

An ESA mission to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Trio-Cinema Trio-Cinema

A three spacecraft CubeSat mission to study Space Weather by making multi-point measurements of the magnetic field and energetic ions and electrons in near-Earth space and imaging ring current particles

Missions Under Development

BepiColombo
Planned Launch Date: 2018
BepiColombo An ESA mission to explore and study the space environment of Mercury
JUICE
Planned Launch Date: 2022
JUICE JUICE will carry out an in-depth study of the Jovian system and its four largest satellites, with particular emphasis on Ganymede and Europa
Solar Orbiter
Planned Launch Date: 2018
Solar Orbiter ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft will fly closer to the Sun than any previous mission, taking pictures of the solar atmosphere and measuring the local solar wind
THOR
Planned Launch Date: 2025
 THOR  THOR - Turbulent Heating ObserveR - is one of three missions currently under study by ESA, in competition to be the fourth 'medium class' mission. The goal of THOR is to understand turbulent energy dissipation and particle acceleration in astrophysical plasmas
SPACE MISSIONS BEING CURRENTLY BUILT

Mission Proposals

Cross-Scale/
EIDO Scope
CrossScale The multi-spacecraft Cross-Scale mission will measure the links be tween electron, ion and fluid dynamics within key plasma phenomena such as shocks and reconnection
EChO
EChO The Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory (EChO) will be the first dedicated mission to investigate exoplanetary atmospheres, addressing the suitability of those planets for life and placing our Solar System in context