Other missions

  • CHEOPS: The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is the first ESA S-type mission, and will be the first mission dedicated to search for transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets, with an expected launch in October/November 2019. The CHEOPS mission is designed to observe a large sample of transiting exoplanets, and to excel at the measurement of the tiny imprint of the planet on the transit and eclipse events, with a precision never attained before. It will identify planets with significant atmospheres in a range of masses, distances from the host star, and stellar parameters.The IEEC, trough the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC), is involved in the scientific preparation and exploitation of the mission by participating in the Science Team and the Mission Board. 
  • eXTP: The enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission (eXTP) is a science mission designed to study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. Primary goals are the determination of the equation of state of matter at supra-nuclear density, the measurement of quantum electrodynamic effects in highly-magnetized stars, and the study of accretion in the strong-field regime of gravity. The eXTP international consortium includes major institutions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Universities in China, as well as major institutions in several European countries and other international partners. The IEEC, through the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC), is involved in the mission and is the principal investigator of one of the instruments, the Wide Field Monitor.
  • Fermi: The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is a NASA space observatory launched in 2008 and being used to perform gamma-ray astronomy observations from low Earth orbit. Its main instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT), which is performing all-sky survey studying astrophysical and cosmological phenomena such as active galactic nuclei, pulsars, other high-energy sources and dark matter. The Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM), is being used to study gamma-ray bursts. The IEEC, trough the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC), is involved in the scientific exploitation of Fermi and has also participated in data analysis and calibration tasks. 
  • SMOS: ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission was launched in 2009 and is dedicated to making global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over oceans. These two important components in the water cycle are key to understanding the exchange processes between Earth’s surface and atmosphere and help to improve weather and climate models. The SMOS satellite carries a novel interferometric radiometer that operates in the L-band microwave range to capture "brightness temperature" images. The IEEC is involved in SMOS though the Research Group in Space Sciences and Technologies - CTE (UPC) and the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC). The Barcelona Expert Center, participated by the IEEC, is the main access point to high-level data products from the SMOS mission.

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