In order to achieve its scientific objectives, the SMILE payload will comprise four instruments: the Soft X-ray Imager (SXI), which will spectrally map the Earth's magnetopause, magnetosheath and magnetospheric cusps; the UltraViolet Imager (UVI), dedicated to imaging the auroral regions; the Light Ion Analyser (LIA) and the MAGnetometer (MAG), which will establish the solar wind properties simultaneously with the imaging instruments. We report on the status of the mission and payload developments and the findings of a design study carried out in parallel at the concurrent design facilities (CDF) of ESA and CAS in October/November 2015.
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Walfried Raab, Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Chi Wang, Lei Dai, Eric Donovan, Greg Enno, Philippe Escoubet, Andrew Holland, Li Jing, Dhiren Kataria, Lei Li, Andy Read, Denis Rebuffat, Jens Romstedt, Chris Runciman, Steve Sembay, Emma Spanswick, Jon Sykes, Julian Thornhill, Arno Wielders, Aibing Zhang, Jianhua Zheng, "SMILE: a joint ESA/CAS mission to investigate the interaction between the solar wind and Earth's magnetosphere," Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990502 (11 July 2016);