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INSTITUTET FÖR RYMDFYSIK Space Plasma Physics programme, UPPSALA
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Swedish Institute of Space Physics (59o50.272'N, 17o38.786'E)

LAP logo Rosetta is an ambitious project catching up with a comet, following it in its orbit for two years (2014-2016), putting a lander (Nov 2014) and finally itself onto the surface of the comet nucleus. Our onboard space weather station LAP was active from start to end!
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Rosetta LAP

RPC -- the Rosetta Plasma Consortium


Our LAP instrument is one of five instruments (see list below) in a comprehensive "plasma package" on Rosetta, known as the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC). Together, we can characterize the plasma around the comet quite completely, thereby learning about the interactions of the comet with the solar wind as well as about the characteristics of the comet itself.

RPC team at ESOC
Engineers and scientists of the RPC team watching the screens at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt as the first RPC data arrive in March 2004.

The RPC instruments


Acronym
Name
PI institute
Measures
LAP
Dual Langmuir Probe Instrument
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala
Plasma density, temperature, flow speed, electric field < 8 kHz, etc.
MIP Mutual Impedance Probe
Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement, Orléans, France Plasma density, temperature, flow speed, electric field 7 kHz -- 3.5 MHz, etc.
MAG Fluxgate Magnetometer
Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany Magnetic field < 25 Hz
IES Ion and Electron Sensor
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas Ion and electron spectra (energy and direction)
ICA Ion Composition Analyzer
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna
Ion spectra (energy, angle and mass)
PIU Plasma Interface Unit
Space and Atmospheric Physics, Imperial College, London
Coordination of the RPC sensors

More about RPC can be found at the PIU team web pages.

http://www.space.irfu.se/rosetta/rpc.html
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