The SCOPE mission

M. Fujimoto, Y. Tsuda, Y. Saito, I. Shinohara, Y. Kasaba, H. Kojima

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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In order to open the new horizon of research in the plasma universe, SCOPE will perform formation flying multi-scale observations combined with high-time resolution electron detection and will enable data-based study on the key space plasma processes from the cross-scale coupling point of view. Key physics to be studied are magnetic reconnection under various conditions, shocks in space plasma, collisionless plasma mixing at the boundaries, and physics of current sheets embedded in complex magnetic geometries. The SCOPE mission is made up of the 5 spacecraft (s/c) formation put into the equatorial orbit with the apogee at 30Re (Re: earth radius). One of the s/c is a large mother ship which is equipped with a full suite of particle detector including ultra-high sampling cycle electron detector. Among other 4 small s/c one remains near (∼10 km) the mother ship and the s/c-pair will focus on wave-particle interaction utilizing inter-s/c communication. Others are used for wave-particle interaction study when the distance from the mother ship is small (∼100 km) and are used as the plasma monitors at ion-scales when the distance is larger (100-300 0km). There is lively on-going discussion on the SCOPE-M3 collaboration, which would certainly make the coverage over the scales of interest better and thus make the mission success to be attained at an even higher level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th ESLAB Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationTrends in Space Science and Cosmic Vision 2020
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event39th ESLAB Symposium: Trends in Space Science and Cosmic Vision 2020 - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 2005 Apr 192005 Apr 21

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


Other39th ESLAB Symposium: Trends in Space Science and Cosmic Vision 2020


  • Cross-Scale Coupling
  • Formation Flying Observations
  • Plasma Universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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