Solar Orbiter

In 2009 I became the local instrument scientist and project manager for AIP's contributions to ESA's Solar Orbiter mission and was significantly involved in design, manufacturing, assembly, integration and verification activities of the Spectrometer/Telescope Imaging X-Ray (STIX) instrument's Imager unit and subsystems. On July 12, 2017 STIX was successfully delivery to Airbus Defence and Space (UK) and subsequently installed into the Solar Orbiter spacecraft which eventually launched on February 10, 2020 (GMT).

Check Solar Orbiter's full trajectory or current location.

During the science phases of Solar Orbiter AIP will operate the STIX Aspect System to which I significantly contributed with design, assembly and verification tasks.

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Selection of Papers

Astronomy and Astrophyics has published a special issue on The Solar Orbiter Mission. I contributed to the following papers therein: STIX, EPD, and Modelling & Analysis Tools for Solar Orbiter.

The Solar Orbiter ADS library with publications related to the mission can be accessed from the ESA website.