Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Van Allen Probes
Dual-satellite programme, for Space weather. Previously named RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes).
USA programme: NASA contracted JHU/APL (Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory) of Laurel, MD responsible of development and operations.
The platforms are spin-stabilized.
The design lifetime of the satellites is 2 years.
The satellites exploit highly-elliptical low-inclination orbits.
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Onboard stored and real-time data are downlinked to JHU/APL, that also is responsible of data processing and distribution.
2012 - 2018
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Van Allen Probes
VAP (2 sat)
(2012 - 2018)