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SERENA: Particle Instrument Suite for Determining the Sun-Mercury Interaction from BepiColombo

S. Orsini 1 S. A. Livi 2, 3 H. Lichtenegger 4 S. Barabash 5 A. Milillo 1 E. De Angelis 1 M. Phillips 2 G. Laky 4 M. Wieser 5 A. Olivieri 6 C. Plainaki 6 G. Ho 7 R. M. Killen 8 J. A. Slavin 3 P. Wurz 9 Jean-Jacques Berthelier 10 I. Dandouras 11 E. Kallio 12 S. Mckenna-Lawlor 13 S. Szalai 14 K. Torkar 4 O. Vaisberg 15 F. Allegrini 2 I. A. Daglis 16 C. Dong 17 C. P. Escoubet 18 S. Fatemi 5 M. Fränz 19 S. Ivanovski 20 N. Krupp 19 H. Lammer 4 François Leblanc 10 V. Mangano 1 A. Mura 1 H. Nilsson 5 J. M. Raines 3 R. Rispoli 1 M. Sarantos 8 H. T. Smith 7 K. Szego 14 A. Aronica 1 F. Camozzi A. Di Lellis G. Fremuth 21 F. Giner 21 R. Gurnee 22 J. Hayes 7 H. Jeszenszky 4 F. Tominetti B. Trantham 2 J. Balaz 13 W. Baumjohann 4 D. Brienza 1 U. Buhrke 19 M. D. Bush 9 M. Cantatore S. Cibella 23 L. Colasanti 1 Gabriele Cremonese 24 L. Cremonesi M. D’alessandro 25 Dominique Delcourt 26 M. Delva 4 M. Desai 2 M. Fama 27 M. Ferris 2 H. Fischer 19 A. Gaggero 23 D. Gamborino 28 P. Garnier 11 W. C. Gibson 2 R. Goldstein 2 M. Grande 29 V. Grishin 15 D. Haggerty 7 M. Holmström 5 I. Horvath 14 K.-C. Hsieh 30 A. Jacques 8 R. E. Johnson 31 A. Kazakov 1 K. Kecskemety 14 H. Krüger 19 C. Kürbisch 4 F. Lazzarotto 24 Frederic Leblanc 32 M. Leichtfried 4 R. Leoni 23 A. Loose 19 D. Maschietti S. Massetti 1 F. Mattioli 23 G. Miller 2 D. Moissenko 15 A. Morbidini 1 R. Noschese 1 F. Nuccilli 1 C. Nunez 2 N. Paschalidis 8 S. Persyn 2 D. Piazza 28 M. Oja 5 J. Rynö 33 W. Schmidt 33 J. A. Scheer A. Shestakov 15 S. Shuvalov 15 K. Seki 34 S. Selci 23 K. Smith 2 R. Sordini 1 J. Svensson 35 L. Szalai 14 D. Toublanc 11 C. Urdiales 2 A. Varsani 4 N. Vertolli 1 R. Wallner 4 P. Wahlstroem 28 P. Wilson 2 S. Sampieri 1
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LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury will provide simultaneous measurements from two spacecraft, offering an unprecedented opportunity to investigate magnetospheric and exospheric particle dynamics at Mercury as well as their interactions with solar wind, solar radiation, and interplanetary dust. The particle instrument suite SERENA (Search for Exospheric Refilling and Emitted Natural Abundances) is flying in space on-board the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and is the only instrument for ion and neutral particle detection aboard the MPO. It comprises four independent sensors: ELENA for neutral particle flow detection, Strofio for neutral gas detection, PICAM for planetary ions observations, and MIPA, mostly for solar wind ion measurements. SERENA is managed by a System Control Unit located inside the ELENA box. In the present paper the scientific goals of this suite are described, and then the four units are detailed, as well as their major features and calibration results. Finally, the SERENA operational activities are shown during the orbital path around Mercury, with also some reference to the activities planned during the long cruise phase.
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S. Orsini, S. A. Livi, H. Lichtenegger, S. Barabash, A. Milillo, et al.. SERENA: Particle Instrument Suite for Determining the Sun-Mercury Interaction from BepiColombo. Space Science Reviews, Springer Verlag, 2021, 217 (1), pp.11. ⟨10.1007/s11214-020-00787-3⟩. ⟨insu-03108958⟩

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