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MMS Instruments Suite

Instrument Suite Development for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

MMS Overview

Mission Team

  • NASA SMD
    • Southwest Research Institute
    • Science Leadership
    • Instrument Suite
    • Science Operations Center
    • Science Data Analysis
  • NASA GSFC
    • Project Management
    • Mission System Engineering
    • Spacecraft
    • Mission Operations Center
  • NASA KSC
    • Launch services

Mission Status: Currently in Phase C/D Launch in 2014

  • Science Objectives
    • Discover the fundamental plasma physics process of

reconnection in the Earth’s magnetosphere

  • Temporal scales of milliseconds to seconds
  • Spatial scales of 10s to 100s of km
  • Mission Description
    • 4 identical satellites
    • Formation flying in a tetrahedron with separations as close as 10 km
    • 2 year operational mission
  • Orbit
    • Elliptical Earth orbits in 2 phases
    • Phase 1 day side of magnetic field 1.2 RE by 12 RE
    • Phase 2 night side of magnetic field 1.2 RE by 25 RE
    • Significant orbit adjust and formation maintenance
  • Instruments
    • Identical in situ instruments on each satellite measure
    • Electric and magnetic fields
    • Fast plasma with composition
    • Energetic particles
    • Hot plasma composition
  • Spacecraft
    • Spin stabilized at 3 RPM
    • Magnetic and electrostatic cleanliness
  • Launch Vehicle
    • 4 satellites launched together in one Atlas V