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The Swedish small satellite program for space plasma investigations
KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1594-1861
2004 (English)In: Space Science Reviews, ISSN 0038-6308, E-ISSN 1572-9672, Vol. 111, no 04-mar, 377-413 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The success of the Swedish small satellite program, in combination with an active participation by Swedish research groups in major international missions, has placed Sweden in the frontline of experimental space research. The program started with the development of the research satellite Viking which was launched in 1986, for detailed investigations of the aurora. To date, Sweden has developed and launched a total of six research satellites; five for space plasma investigations; and the most recent satellite Odin, for research in astronomy and aeronomy. These fall into three main categories according to their physical dimension, financial cost and level of ambition: nano-satellites, micro-satellites, and mid-size satellites with ambitious scientific goals. In this brief review we focus on five space plasma missions, for which operations have ended and a comprehensive scientific data analysis has been conducted, which allows for a judgement of their role and impact on the progress in auroral research. Viking and Freja, the two most well-known missions of this program, were pioneers in the exploration of the aurora. The more recent satellites, Munin, Astrid, and Astrid-2 (category 1 and 2), proved to be powerful tools, both for testing new technologies and for carrying out advanced science missions. The Swedish small satellite program has been internationally recognized as cost efficient and scientifically very successful.

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2004. Vol. 111, no 04-mar, 377-413 p.
Keyword [en]
interplanetary magnetic-field, transverse ion energization, electric-field, polar cusp, auroral region, boundary-layer, magnetospheric plasma, particle-acceleration, acoustic turbulence, birkeland currents
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23525DOI: 10.1023/B:SPAC.0000032690.82775.d8ISI: 000222234400002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-3442891312OAI: diva2:342223
QC 20100525 QC 20111028Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2011-10-28Bibliographically approved

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