Solar Orbiter was selected as the first medium-class mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme. Scheduled for launch in 2020, the mission will provide close-up, high-latitude observations of the Sun.
Flying a novel trajectory, with partial Sun-spacecraft corotation, Solar Orbiter will investigate in-situ plasma properties of the near solar heliosphere and observe the Sun's magnetized atmosphere and polar regions.
There are ten instruments on board. IWF built the digital processing unit (DPU) for the Radio and Plasma Waves instrument (RPW) and has calibrated the RPW antennas, using numerical analysis and anechoic chamber measurements. Furthermore, the institute contributes to the magnetometer.
Solar Orbiter is an ESA-led mission with strong NASA participation. The launch from Cape Canaveral will be aboard a NASA-provided launch vehicle.
More information about Solar Orbiter is found at ESA.