IRF in space


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The Swedish Institute of Space Physics has a long and successful history of providing instruments and services for space research projects.

On this page, we provide an overview of all projects from the year 1968 to 2022 where IRF participates or has participated through scientific instruments, parts, construction services or software.

JUICE (2022)

Destination: Jupiter
Launch: 2022
Instrument: PEP (Particle Environment Package) and RPWI (Radio and Plasma Wave Investigation)
Status: Under development
Links: IRF

Solar Orbiter (2020)

Destination: Sun
Launch: 2020
Instrument: RPW (Radio and Plasma Wave)
Status: Under development
Links: IRF

Chang’e 4 (2018)

Destination: Moon
Launch: 2018
Instrument: ASAN (Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals)
Status: Launched
Links: IRF

BepiColombo MPO (2018)

Destination: Mercury
Launch: 2018
Instrument: MIPA (Miniature Ion Precipitation Analyzer)
Status: Launched
Links: IRF

BepiColombo MMO (2018)

Destination: Mercury
Launch: 2018
Instrument: ENA (Energetic Neutrals Analyzer)
Status: Launched
Links: IRF

Magnetospheric MultiScale - MMS (2015)

Destination: Earths magnetosphere 
Launch: 2015
Status: Delivers data
Links: IRF 

Swarm (2013)

Destination: Earths ionosphere 
Launch: 2013
Instrument: Langmuir probe
Status: Delivers data
Links: IRF

Phobos-Grunt (2011)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 2011
Instrument: DIM (Detector for Ions at Mars)
Status: Failed to leave Earth orbit
Links: IRF

Yinghuo-1 (2011)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 2011
Instrument: YPP-i1 och YPP-i2 (two ion mass analysers and the electron sensor for the Yinghuo Plasma Package, YPP)
Status: Failed to leave Earth orbit
Links: IRF

Prisma (2010)

Destination: Earth orbit 
Launch: 2010
Instrument: PRIMA (PRIsma Mass Analyzer)
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Chandrayaan-1 (2008)

Destination: Moon
Launch: 2008
Instrument: SARA
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Venus Express (2005)

Destination: Venus
Launch: 2005
Instrument: ASPERA-4
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Double Star TC-2 (2004)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 2004
Instrument: NUADU
Status: Completed
Links: ESA 

Rosetta (2004)

Destination: Comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Launch: 2004
Instrument: ICA, LAP
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

SMART-1 (2003)

Destination: Moon
Launch: 2003
Instrument: D-CIXS
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Mars Express (2003)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 2003
Instrument: ASPERA-3 (Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms)
Status: Delivers data
Links: IRF

Munin (2000)

Destination: Earth orbit 
Launch: 2000
Instrument: DINA, HiSCC, MEDUSA
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Cluster (2000)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 2000
IRF instrument EFW (Electric Field and Wave experiment) and contribute to CIS (Cluster Ion Spectrometry experiment) and RAPID (Research with Adaptive Particle Imaging Detectors).
Status: Delivers data
Links: IRF, ESA , 3D-model Cluster

Astrid-2 (1998)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1998
Instrument: Medusa, PIA-1,-2,-3
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Nozomi (1998)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 1998
Instrument: IMI
Status: Failed to reach destination
Links: ISAS 

Cassini (1997)

Destination: Saturn
Launch: 1997
Instrument: Langmuir probe
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Mars-96 (1996)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 1996
Instrument: ASPERA-C
Status: Failed to leave Earth orbit
Links: IKI

Cluster (1996)

Destination: Earth orbit 
Launch: 1996
IRF instrument EFW (Electric Field and Wave experiment) and contribute to CIS (Cluster Ion Spectrometry experiment) and RAPID (Research with Adaptive Particle Imaging Detectors).
Status: Failed during launch
Links: ESAMPS 

Interball-2 (1996)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1996
Instrument: PROMICS-3
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Interball-1 (1995)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1995
Instrument: PROMICS-3
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Astrid 1 (1995)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1995
Instrument: EMIL, MIO, PIPPI
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Freja (1992)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1992
Instrument: F3H, F4
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Ulysses (1990)

Destination: Sun
Launch: 1990
Instrument: EPAC (Energetic Particle Composition Experiment)
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Phobos 2 (1988)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 1988
Instrument: ASPERA
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Phobos 1 (1988)

Destination: Mars
Launch: 1988
Instrument: ASPERA
Status: Failed to reach destination
Links: IRF

Viking (1986)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1986
Instrument: V3, V4L
Status: Completed
Links: IRF

Giotto (1985)

Destination: Comet Halley
Launch: 1985
Instrument: Design and manufacturing of two ground based equipment for testing an calibration of  ”The Johnstone Plasma Analyzer” (JPA). 
Status: Completed
Links: ESA , NASA 3D-model Giotto

Prognoz-8 (1980)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1980
Instrument: PROMICS-2
Status: Completed
Links: IKI , NASA 

Prognoz-7 (1978)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1978
Instrument: PROMICS-1
Status: Completed
Links: IKI , NASA 

Geos 2 (1978)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1978
Instrument: S-310
Status: Completed
Links: NASA 

Geos 1 (1977)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1977
Instrument: S-310
Status: Completed
Links: NASA 

Esro 4 (1972)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1972
Instrument: Auroral Particle Spectrometer
Status: Completed
Links: NASA 

Esro 1 Boreas (1969)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1969
Instrument: S71B
Status: Completed
Links: ESA , NASA 

Esro 1 Aurorae (1968)

Destination: Earth orbit
Launch: 1968
Instrument: S71B
Status: Completed
Links: ESA , NASA