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Geotail Prelaunch Mission Operation Report

Geotail Prelaunch Mission Operation Report

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National Aeronautics andSpace AdministrationWashington, D.C.20546
Reply to Attn of:ss
TO:DISTRIBUTIONFROM: S/Associate Administrator for Space Science and ApplicationsSUBJECT: Transmittal of Geotail Prelaunch Mission Operation ReportI am pleased to forward with this memorandum the Prelaunch MissionOperation Report for Geotail, a joint project of the Institute of Space andAstronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan and NASA to investigate thegeomagnetic tail region of the magnetosphere.The satellite was designed anddeveloped by ISAS and will carry two ISAS, two NASA, and three jointISAS/NASA instruments. The launch, on a Delta II expendable launchvehicle (ELV), will take place no earlier than July 14, 1992, from CapeCanaveral Air Force Station. This launch is the first under NASA’s MediumELV launch service contract with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.Geotail is an element in the International Solar Terrestrial Physics (ISTP)Program. The overall goal of the ISTP Program is to employ simultaneousand closely coordinated remote observations of the sun and
in situ
observations both in the undisturbed heliosphere near Earth and in Earth’smagnetosphere to measure, model, and quantitatively assess the processes inthe sun/Earth interaction chain. In the early phase of the Program,simultaneous measurements in the key regions of geospace from Geotail andthe two U.S. satellites of the Global Geospace Science (GGS) Program, Windand Polar, along with equatorial measurements, will be used to characterizeglobal energy transfer. The current schedule includes, in addition to the Julylaunch of Geotail, launches of Wind in August 1993 and Polar in May 1994.Launches of the European Space Agency’s complementary Solar andHeliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and Cluster missions are scheduled for July-1995 and December 1995, respectively.Enclosure
 
IUASA
National Aeronautics andSpace Adminlst rat on
Mission Operation Report
OFFICE OF SPACE SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONSReport No. S-41 8-92-01
International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program(ISTP)
Geotail
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Foreword
MISSION OPERATION REPORTS are published for the use of NASA SeniorManagement, as required by NASA Headquarters Management InstructionHQMI 8610.1 C, effective November 26, 1991. The purpose of these reports isto document in advance critical discriminators selected to enable assessment ofmission accomplishment.Prelaunch reports are prepared and issued for each flight project just prior tolaunch. Following launch, updating (Post Launch) reports are issued to providemission status and progress in meeting mission objectives.This report is somewhat technical and is prepared for personnel havingprogram/project management responsibilities. The Public Affairs Divisionpublishes a comprehensive series of reports on NASA flight missions. Theseless technical reports are available for dissemination to the news media.PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED BY:Executive Support Office (Code JA)Office of Management Systems and FacilitiesNASA Headquarters

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