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The twin Van Allen Probe observatories developed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for NASA\textquoterights Heliophysics Division completed final observatory integration and environmental test activities and were successfully launched into orbit around the Earth on August 30, 2012. As the science operations phase begins, the mission is providing exciting new information about the impact of radiation belt activity on the earth. The on-board boom mounted magnetometers and other instruments are the most ...
YEAR: 2013   DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2013.6496838
Provided here is an overview of Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission design. The driving mission and science requirements are presented, and the unique engineering challenges of operating in Earth\textquoterights radiation belts are discussed in detail. The implementation of both the space and ground segments are presented, including a discussion of the challenges inherent with operating multiple observatories concurrently and working with a distributed network of science operation centers. An overview of the launch ve ...
YEAR: 2013   DOI: 10.1007/s11214-012-9933-x