SECCHI - Solar Physics Branch - Naval Research Laboratory

Mission Ops Overview

The importance of coordinating the observations, as well as their analyses, can hardly be overemphasized. We have never before had an opportunity to observe from two well-separated viewing points. The stereoscopic techniques and their results will be entirely new; we can expect to be learning while observing. Furthermore, the opportunity will not be a static one, as the viewing characteristics will change continuously with the growing separation angle between the two spacecraft. It is for this reason, as well as for the economies of scale, commonality, and management, that members of the SECCHI Consortium have teamed to present a coordinated approach for all of the remote sensing instruments on STEREO. As a further step toward integrating our observations with the in situ investigation teams we have exchanged Co-Investigators and coordinated the development of SECCHI instrumentation and analysis programs with SWAVES.