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SERENA: Particle Instrument Suite for Determining the Sun-Mercury Interaction from BepiColombo

S. Orsini 1 S. A. Livi 2, 3 H. Lichtenegger 4 S. Barabash 5 A. Milillo 1 E. De Angelis 1 M. Phillips 2 G. Laky 4 M. Wieser 5 A. Olivieri 6 C. Plainaki 6 G. Ho 7 R. M. Killen 8 J. A. Slavin 9 P. Wurz 10 Jean-Jacques Berthelier 11 I. Dandouras 12 E. Kallio 13 S. Mckenna-Lawlor 14 S. Szalai 15 K. Torkar 4 O. Vaisberg 16 F. Allegrini 2 I. A. Daglis 17 C. Dong 18 C. P. Escoubet 19 S. Fatemi 5 M. Fränz 20 S. Ivanovski 21 N. Krupp 20 H. Lammer 4 François Leblanc 11 V. Mangano 1 A. Mura 1 H. Nilsson 5 J. M. Raines 3 R. Rispoli 1 M. Sarantos 8 H. T. Smith 7 K. Szego 15 A. Aronica 1 F. Camozzi A. Di Lellis G. Fremuth 22 F. Giner 22 R. Gurnee 23 J. Hayes 7 H. Jeszenszky 4 F. Tominetti B. Trantham 2 J. Balaz 14 W. Baumjohann 4 D. Brienza 24 U. Buhrke 20 M. D. Bush 10 M. Cantatore S. Cibella 25 L. Colasanti G. Cremonese 26 L. Cremonesi 1 M. D’alessandro 25 Dominique Delcourt 27 M. Delva 4 M. Desai 2 M. Fama 28 M. Ferris 2 H. Fischer 20 A. Gaggero 25 D. Gamborino 29 P. Garnier 12 W. C. Gibson 2 R. Goldstein 2 M. Grande 30 V. Grishin 16 D. Haggerty 7 M. Holmström 5 I. Horvath 15 K.-C. Hsieh 31 A. Jacques 8 R. E. Johnson 32 A. Kazakov 1 K. Kecskemety 15 H. Krüger 20 C. Kürbisch 4 F. Lazzarotto 26 Frederic Leblanc 33 M. Leichtfried 4 R. Leoni A. Loose 20 D. Maschietti 34 S. Massetti 1 F. Mattioli 34 G. Miller 2 D. Moissenko 16 A. Morbidini 1 R. Noschese 1 F. Nuccilli 1 C. Nunez 2 N. Paschalidis 8 S. Persyn 2 D. Piazza 29 M. Oja 5 J. Rynö 35 W. Schmidt 35 J. A. Scheer A. Shestakov 16 S. Shuvalov 16 K. Seki 36 S. Selci 25 K. Smith 2 R. Sordini 1 J. Svensson L. Szalai 15 D. Toublanc 12 C. Urdiales 2 A. Varsani 4 N. Vertolli 1 R. Wallner 4 P. Wahlstroem 29 P. Wilson 2 S. Sampieri 1
11 HEPPI - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury will provide simultaneous measurements from two spacecraft, offering an unprecedented opportunity to investigate magnetospheric and exospheric particle dynamics at Mercury as well as their interactions with solar wind, solar radiation, and interplanetary dust. The particle instrument suite SERENA (Search for Exospheric Refilling and Emitted Natural Abundances) is flying in space on-board the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and is the only instrument for ion and neutral particle detection aboard the MPO. It comprises four independent sensors: ELENA for neutral particle flow detection, Strofio for neutral gas detection, PICAM for planetary ions observations, and MIPA, mostly for solar wind ion measurements. SERENA is managed by a System Control Unit located inside the ELENA box. In the present paper the scientific goals of this suite are described, and then the four units are detailed, as well as their major features and calibration results. Finally, the SERENA operational activities are shown during the orbital path around Mercury, with also some reference to the activities planned during the long cruise phase.
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S. Orsini, S. A. Livi, H. Lichtenegger, S. Barabash, A. Milillo, et al.. SERENA: Particle Instrument Suite for Determining the Sun-Mercury Interaction from BepiColombo. Space Science Reviews, Springer Verlag, 2021, 217 (1), pp.11. ⟨10.1007/s11214-020-00787-3⟩. ⟨insu-03108958⟩

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