(HEliospheric pioNeer for sOlar and interplanetary threats defeNce)

Sector: Space Weather

Number of satellites: 1

Form factor: 12U

HENON is a pathfinder mission that will explore the Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO) in the Sun-Earth system for the first time ever, embarking a payload tailored for Space Weather observations and science on a 12U Cubesat. The main purposes of the HENON project are to 1) Make a leap forward in Space Weather forecasting (when the CubeSat is located between the Sun and Earth in the DRO); 2) Enhance prediction of Space Weather Effects; 3) Contribute to the understanding of the fundamental plasma processes and space weather physical mechanisms; 4) Demonstrate near real-time in-situ monitoring of the space environment in deep space for Space Weather forecasting tools and services; 5) Demonstrate the provision of timely near real-time alerts with significantly increased warning times when upstream of the Earth; 6) Operate a spacecraft in the unexplored DRO for the first time; 7) Demonstrate the reliable use of CubeSat technologies in deep space. HENON mission is supported by ASI in the frame of ESA-GSTP.

Figure: Infographics on the Space Weather effects on human life by ESA ESA/Science Office, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Proposing Teams: Argotec (Prime), SpaceDyS, INAF, UNICAL, UNIFI




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PLATiNO Programme: signed the long term agreement ‣

In the presence of Hon. Riccardo Fraccaro, Undersecretary of State at the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers,  of Giorgio Saccoccia,  President of Italian Space Agency (ASI), and of Vito Pertosa, founder of Angel Group , the companies Sitael, Thales Alenia Space Italia, Leonardo and Airbus signed the long-term agreement for the commercialization and industrialization of PLATiNO Programme. MORE...