IMAGE (MIDEX 1) [Lockheed Martin]
IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration) uses neutral atom, ultraviolet, and radio imaging techniques to identify the dominant mechanisms for injecting plasma into the magnetosphere on substorm and magnetic storm time scales, determine the directly driven response of the magnetosphere to solar wind changes; and, discover how and where magnetospheric plasmas are energized, transported, and subsequently lost during substorms and magnetic storms. It has 5 instruments
The IMAGE observatory is a spin-stabilized spacecraft that measures 2.25 meters in diameter and 1.52 meters in height and weighs 494 kg (including instruments).
The mission og IMAGE ended in January 2006, when the spacecraft suffered a power subsystem failure.
Science highlights include:
|Type / Application:||Research|
|Contractors:||Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (Sunnyvale)|
|Equipment:||LENA, MENA, HENA, FUV, EUV, RPI|
|Configuration:||Octagonal prism, spin stabilized, 4 250 m antennas, 2 10 m booms|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||1000 km × 45922 km, 90°|
|IMAGE (MIDEX 1, Explorer 78)||25.03.2000||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7326|