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Instrument details
Acronym FC
Full name Faraday Cup
Purpose Observation of protons and alpha-particles of the solar wind
Short description Using multiple collectors allowing detection of the full range of the solar wind deflections (approx. ± 15 degrees in all directions). Spectroscopy of protons, presumably in the range 0.003-100 MeV, and alpha-particles presumably in the range 0.04-400 MeV
Background DSCOVR is the refurbishment of the Triana satellite stored on the ground in 2000 [named after Rodrigo de Triana, the first of Columbus's crew to sight land in the Americas
Scanning Technique Interplanetary space observation from the L1 Lagrange libration point
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle Nearly full interplanetary space, nearly continuous
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Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Backed by strong heritage
Utilization Period: 2015-10-28 to ≥2020
Last update: 2017-06-05
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Energetic particle spectrometer
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Alpha particles differential directional flux
  • Proton differential directional flux
Secondary mission objectives
  • Solar wind density
  • Solar wind temperature
  • Solar wind velocity
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Proton differential directional flux3 - highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space, low, medium and high energy (up to over 1000 keV)
Alpha particles differential directional flux2 - very highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space. Low-medium energy range (<10 up to 100 MeV/n)
Solar wind density3 - highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space. Inferred from Proton and Alpha-particle spectroscopy
Solar wind temperature3 - highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space. Inferred from Proton and Alpha-particle spectroscopy
Solar wind velocity3 - highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space. Inferred from Proton and Alpha-particle spectroscopy