Gap analyses by variable or by type of mission or by WIGOS subcomponent

Please select either a variable or a type of mission to display a time chart of satellite instruments having the potential to provide the corresponding measurements. The selection is based on design characteristics (Expert analysis) or declared mission objectives (Simplified analysis). Such a preliminary analysis does not replace a detailed assessment of the actual instrument performances, data availability, and quality of derived environmental data records against specific user requirements.

Note: The chart can be sorted by clicking on the header columns and filtered by instrument properties when applicable. Select the period of interest with the cursor at the bottom of the chart. Future missions which are not firmly planned are shaded with stripes. A warning icon (Important note) indicates degraded satellite: hover over the icon for details. The chart is followed by a table of all potentially relevant instruments.

Select a variable

or select a type of mission

Select WIGOS subcomponents

Analysis
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In "Simplified" mode, the results in the analysis are calculated by looking at each instrument's mission objectives: for each instrument we keep track of what the primary, secondary, and opportunity mission objectives are. These mission objectives indicate that an instrument is primarily envisioned to measure variable X, Y and Z, that variables A, B and C are its secondary objective, and that it may offer the opportunity to measure variables I and II although it is not optimized for that. The simplified Gap analysis produces a timeline based on this information. The simplified Gap analysis is only available for analyzing variables, not for missions.
In "Expert system" mode, the results in the analysis are calculated with an expert system. Internally, OSCAR works with a large set of 1700 rules that determine whether or not an instrument is capable of measuring a given variable, and to what degree. When you select "Expert system", the Gap analysis is performed based on this large set of rules.

Variable sorting criteria

 

Each instrument is assigned with a 5-step rating, evaluated as a blend of several elements.  For this particular Variable, the rating is driven by:

  • the energy.

 

RATING CRITERIA:

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  • Imaging spectrometer, medium energy

2

  • Imaging spectrometer, medium-high energy

3

  • Imaging spectrometer, low-medium energy

4

  • Imaging spectrometer, high energy

5

  • Imaging spectrometer, low energy
Measurement timeline for Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA)

Definition:

Neutral atoms resulting from the capture of free electrons by positively ionized nuclei of the solar wind.  Once neutralised, the particles are no longer deviated by the interplanetary magnetic field, and still move very fast, travelling in an exact straight line.

Hint: Move around in the timeline by scrolling up, down, left or right.

Found 17 results

This table has a large number of results.
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Instrument NRT? Relevance Satellite Orbit
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MENA1 - primaryIMAGE90 °
X
XXXX
X
TWINS1 - primaryTWINS (2 sats) Important note63.4 °
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XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
HENA2 - very highIMAGE90 °
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XXXX
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GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N109:30 desc
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GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N2-115:09 asc
X
GGAK-M/RIMS-M Important note3 - highMeteor-M N2-215:00 asc
X
XXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N2-309:00 descXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N2-415:00 ascXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N2-515:00 descXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N2-609:00 ascXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-M N209:30 asc
X
XXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-MP N115:30 ascXXXXXXXX
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - highMeteor-MP N209:30 descXXXXXXXX
IBEX3 - highIBEX11 °
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LENA3 - highIMAGE90 °
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XXXX
X
RIMS-A3 - highZondTBDXXXX
NMS Important note5 - marginalCASSIOPE80 °
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All instruments for measuring Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA)
Instruments Relevance Operational limitations
ISENA1 - primary
MENA1 - primary
TWINS1 - primary
HENA2 - very high
GGAK-M/RIMS-M3 - high
IBEX3 - high
LENA3 - high
RIMS-A3 - high
NMS5 - marginal