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Instrument details
Acronym AIP
Full name Advanced Ionospheric Probe
Purpose Measurment of ion parameters in the ionospheric plasma
Short description Detailed description not available. Three subsystems measure the ion concentration, temperature and velocity, respectively. Assumed energy range 0,1-100 MeV/n
Background Similar to the IPEI instrument flown on FORMOSAT-1
Scanning Technique Measurement integrated over a FOV of 56° x 56°
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass 5 kg Power 5 W Data Rate 1 Mbps


Providing Agency NSPO
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2017-11-23 to ≥2022
Last update: 2021-12-16
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Energetic particle spectrometer
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 1
  • In-situ plasma probes, and energetic particle spectrometers and magnetometers at GEO and LEO, and magnetic field at GEO
  • Heavy ion sensor at LEO
  • Subcomponent 3
  • Neutral and Ion Mass Spectrometer
  • Heavy ions mass spectrometer [from LEO and HEO]
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Heavy ion flux energy and mass spectrum
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Heavy ion flux energy and mass spectrum*5 - marginalNo specific limitation.Platform environment. Low-medium energy range (<10 up to 100 MeV/n)