ADAHELI (ADvanced Astronomy for HELIophysics) is a small-class (500 kg) low-budget (50 MEuro) satellite mission for the study of the solar photosphere and the chromosphere and for monitoring solar flare emission. ADAHELI’s design has completed its Phase-A feasibility study in December 2008, in the framework of ASI’s (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) 2007 “Small Missions” Program (calling for two missions at 50 MEeuros each, plus the launch budget). ADAHELI’s main purpose is to explore Sun’s lower atmosphere in the near-infrared, a region so far unexplored by solar observations from space. ADAHELI will carry out observations of the solar photosphere and of the chromosphere at high-temporal rate and high spatial and spectral resolutions. ADAHELI will contribute to the understanding of Space Weather through the study of particle acceleration during flares. A radiometer operating in the millimeter radio band will continuously monitor the solar disk, throughout the spacecraft’s life time. ADAHELI’s baseline instruments are a 50-cm high-resolution telescope operating in the visible and the near-infrared, and a lightweight full-disk radiometer operating at millimeter wavelengths (90 GHz). The core of the telescope’s focal plane suite is the spectral imager based on two Fabry-Perot interferometers, flying for the first time on a solar mission. The instrument will return fast-cadence, full bi-dimensional spectral images at high-resolution, thus improving on current slit-scan, mono-dimensional architectures. Moreover, the possibility of working in polarized light will enable full 3D magnetic field reconstruction on the photosphere and the chromosphere. An optional instrumental package is also being proposed to further extend ADAHELI’s scope: a full-disk telescope for helioseismology based on a double Magneto-Optical Filter, a Neutral Particle Analyzer for magnetospheric research, an Extreme Ultraviolet imaging and spectro-radiometry instrument. These options fall outside the prescribed budget. ADAHELI, flying a Sun-Synchronous orbit at 800 km, will perform continuous, long-duration (4-h), daily acquisitions, with the possibility of extending them up to 24 h. ADAHELI’s operating life is two years, plus one extension year. Launch would be nominally planned for 2014.

The ADAHELI solar mission: Investigating the structure of Sun's lower atmosphere / F. Berrilli;A. Bigazzi;L. Roselli;P. Sabatini;M. Velli;F. Alimenti;F. Cavallini;V. Greco;P. F. Moretti;S. Orsini;M. Romoli;S. M. White;. Team;L. Ascani;V. Carbone;F. Curti;G. Consolini;M. P. Di;D. . Moro;A. Egidi;I. Ermolli;S. Giordano;M. Pastena;V. Pulcino;E. Pietropaolo;P. Romano;P. Ventura;G. Cauzzi;L. Valdettaro;F. Zuccarello;. Team. - In: ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH. - ISSN 0273-1177. - STAMPA. - 45(2010), pp. 1191-1202. [10.1016/j.asr.2010.01.026]

The ADAHELI solar mission: Investigating the structure of Sun's lower atmosphere

ROMOLI, MARCO;
2010

Abstract

ADAHELI (ADvanced Astronomy for HELIophysics) is a small-class (500 kg) low-budget (50 MEuro) satellite mission for the study of the solar photosphere and the chromosphere and for monitoring solar flare emission. ADAHELI’s design has completed its Phase-A feasibility study in December 2008, in the framework of ASI’s (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) 2007 “Small Missions” Program (calling for two missions at 50 MEeuros each, plus the launch budget). ADAHELI’s main purpose is to explore Sun’s lower atmosphere in the near-infrared, a region so far unexplored by solar observations from space. ADAHELI will carry out observations of the solar photosphere and of the chromosphere at high-temporal rate and high spatial and spectral resolutions. ADAHELI will contribute to the understanding of Space Weather through the study of particle acceleration during flares. A radiometer operating in the millimeter radio band will continuously monitor the solar disk, throughout the spacecraft’s life time. ADAHELI’s baseline instruments are a 50-cm high-resolution telescope operating in the visible and the near-infrared, and a lightweight full-disk radiometer operating at millimeter wavelengths (90 GHz). The core of the telescope’s focal plane suite is the spectral imager based on two Fabry-Perot interferometers, flying for the first time on a solar mission. The instrument will return fast-cadence, full bi-dimensional spectral images at high-resolution, thus improving on current slit-scan, mono-dimensional architectures. Moreover, the possibility of working in polarized light will enable full 3D magnetic field reconstruction on the photosphere and the chromosphere. An optional instrumental package is also being proposed to further extend ADAHELI’s scope: a full-disk telescope for helioseismology based on a double Magneto-Optical Filter, a Neutral Particle Analyzer for magnetospheric research, an Extreme Ultraviolet imaging and spectro-radiometry instrument. These options fall outside the prescribed budget. ADAHELI, flying a Sun-Synchronous orbit at 800 km, will perform continuous, long-duration (4-h), daily acquisitions, with the possibility of extending them up to 24 h. ADAHELI’s operating life is two years, plus one extension year. Launch would be nominally planned for 2014.
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F. Berrilli;A. Bigazzi;L. Roselli;P. Sabatini;M. Velli;F. Alimenti;F. Cavallini;V. Greco;P. F. Moretti;S. Orsini;M. Romoli;S. M. White;. Team;L. Ascani;V. Carbone;F. Curti;G. Consolini;M. P. Di;D. . Moro;A. Egidi;I. Ermolli;S. Giordano;M. Pastena;V. Pulcino;E. Pietropaolo;P. Romano;P. Ventura;G. Cauzzi;L. Valdettaro;F. Zuccarello;. Team
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