Oct 29 2011, 09:41 AM
as related elsewhere in this forum
China has reportedly started studying a solar polar mission.
which brings us to this paper just published in the Chinese Journal of Space Science (abstract only at this time, full pdf normally available in a few days or weeks): Sun Polar Probe Trajectory Design Based on Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm
Oct 29 2011, 12:33 PM
As I recall, the original Ulysses concept was for 2 craft in complimentary paths sampling the solar wind at high north and south solar inclinations simultaneously. I thought (and still do) that the benefit to the mission was considerable, and I hope they might be looking at that aspect too.
Oct 29 2011, 03:55 PM
yes, the original international solar solar mission was to consist of two probes, one JPL, the other ESA-built. NASA canceled its probe unilaterally (shades of ExoMars...) and only the ESA probe flew. I remember reading somewhere that European program managers regreted that their probe carried no camera, unlike the US one...
Jun 30 2012, 08:44 AM
these studies seem to refer to the Solar Polar Orbit Radio Telescope (SPORT) missionImaging Interplanetary CMEs at Radio Frequency From Solar Polar Orbit
Feb 24 2013, 05:25 PM