Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter is a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) that will make significant progress in our understanding of the Sun and the internal Heliosphere. Solar Orbiter will perform remote and in-situ measurements from an orbit that will go up to 0.3 AU from the Sun, as well as out of the ecliptic plane.

You can follow our instrument SCM on twitter or see it here. Last news:

  • 17/2/2020: Successful boom deployment and first data received. Commissioning to be started
  • 10/2/2020: Successful launch of Solar Orbiter !
  • 29/1/2020: the launch has been delayed to Feb 10th
Artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter. Credit ESA.

The launch is scheduled for 2020.

The LPC2E ESPACE team is responsible for the manufacturing and operations of the Search-Coil Magnetometer (SCM) that will measure medium and high-frequency magnetic field measurement as part of the RPW experiment. SCM is a three-axis search-coil sensor that will measure the magnetic field from 10Hz to 100kHz, as well as from 10kHz to 500kHz on one of the three axes. Its measurements are crucial for the characterization of the turbulent heating of the solar wind.

Instrument RPW-SCM of Solar Orbiter. Credit ESA and LPC2E.


Official website of the mission:

Solar Orbiter page on the CNES website:


Contact at LPC2E: