BackForwardInstrument:  EPD (PROBA-V) 

Instrument details
Acronym EPD (PROBA-V)
Full name Energetic Particle Telescope
Purpose Measurement of energetic particles in the platform environment
Short description Two particle telescopes, one for low and one for high energies, measuring the energy deposited by charged particles into twelve sensitive elements to cover a circular field of view of 50*. Energy ranges: 0.2-10 MeV (electrons), 4-300 MeV (protons) and 16-1000 MeV (alpha-particles).
Background Part of a PROBA-V technological package
Scanning Technique N/A (in-situ measurement)
Resolution N/A
Coverage / Cycle N/A
Mass 6 kg Power 6 W Data Rate

 

Providing Agency ESA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 2013-08-07 to 2021-10-31
Last update: 2021-11-13
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
  • Electron sensor at LEO
  • Proton sensor at LEO
  • Alpha-particle sensor at LEO
  • Plasma density sensor at LEO
  • Plasma temperature sensor at LEO
  • Plasma velocity sensor at LEO
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Alpha particles differential directional flux
  • Electron differential directional flux
  • Proton differential directional flux
Secondary mission objectives
  • Solar wind density
  • Solar wind temperature
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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
Electron differential directional flux4 - fairNo specific limitation.Sun pointing, medium and high energy (over 40 to over 400 keV)
Proton differential directional flux4 - fairNo specific limitation.Sun pointing, high energy (over 1000 keV)
Alpha particles differential directional flux1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Sun-pointing. Extended energy range (<10 to >100 MeV/n)
Solar wind density1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Solar viewing. Infrerred from Proton. Electron and Alpha-particle spectroscopy
Solar wind temperature1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Solar viewing. Infrerred from Proton. Electron and Alpha-particle spectroscopy
Solar wind velocity1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Solar viewing. Infrerred from Proton. Electron and Alpha-particle spectroscopy