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Solar Orbiter

(SolO)
(Sun-observing satellite in development)

The Solar Orbiter (SolO) is a Solar research craft under development by the ESA, aiming at a 2020 launch. It is to have an eccentric orbit passing within Mercury's orbit, with an orbital inclination up to 25°. Achieving the orbit will require more than three years, using gravity assists. Instruments:


(ESA,spacecraft,construction,eccentricity)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Orbiter
http://sci.esa.int/solarorbiter

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