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Space Weather detections with housekeeping sensors onboard Mars Express, Rosetta, BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter

Abstract : While space weather has been a growing field of research and applications over the last 15-20 years, “planetary space weather” is an emerging discipline. In fact, as long as we expand our robotic exploration within the solar system, monitoring planetary space weather is becoming more necessary than ever. Despite this, not every spacecraft is designed for plasma science and only a few of them have the necessary plasma instrumentation for space weather purposes. However, all of them have thousands of housekeeping detectors distributed along the spacecraft. In particular, energetic particles impact detectors and subsystems on a spacecraft and their effects can be identified in selected housekeeping data sets, such as the Error detection and correction (EDAC) counters. In this study, we investigate these engineering datasets for scientific purposes by performing the first feasibility study of solar energetic particle detection using EDAC counters from several available ESA Solar System missions, such as Mars Express, Rosetta, BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter. In order to validate the results, these detections are compared to other observations from scientific instruments on board these missions. Moreover, the potential implications of space weather event detections based on EDAC sensors at Mars and Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko is analysed. This study has the potential to provide a good network of solar particle observations at locations where no scientific observations of this kind are available.
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Beatriz Sanchez-Cano, Olivier Witasse, Elise Wright Knutsen, Dikshita Meggi, Mark Lester, et al.. Space Weather detections with housekeeping sensors onboard Mars Express, Rosetta, BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter. EGU General Assembly 2022, May 2022, Online, Austria. ⟨10.5194/egusphere-egu22-4289⟩. ⟨insu-03650266⟩

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