The scientific payload

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TARANIS scientific payload

CAD drawing of the scientific payload
CAD drawing of the scientific payload

To achieve the scientific objectives of the TARANIS mission, the instruments of the scientific payload are:

  • MCP including MC (MicroCameras), a set of two cameras (a sprite camera and a lightning camera), and their associated analyzer, and PH (Photometers), a set of four photometers and their associated analyzer;
  • XGRE (X-ray, Gamma-ray and Relativistic Electron experiment), a set of three X and γ detectors and their associated analyzer;
  • IDEE (Instrument Détecteurs d'Electrons Energétiques), two electron detectors with one analyzer per detector;
  • IME-BF (Instrument de Mesure du champ Electrique Basse Fréquence), a sensor to measure the electric field in thelow frequency range and the low frequency wave analyzer (electric and magnetic); IME-BF also includes an Ion Probe (SI) to determine fluctuations of thermal plasma;
  • IME-HF (Instrument de Mesure du champ Electrique Haute Fréquence), a sensor to measure the electric field in the high frequency range and the associated high frequency wave analyzer;
  • IMM (Instrument de Mesure du champ Magnétique), a compound triaxial system of search-coil magnetometers to measure the magnetic field in the low and medium frequency ranges and the medium frequency wave analyzer (electric and magnetic); IMM also includes a Sferics Detector (SD) to perform onboard characterization of whistlers;
  • MEXIC (Multi Experiment Interface Controller), electronics equipment to power and to manage the whole scientific payload.



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