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Space physics | 2019-2020

Seven BRAMS receiving stations 2.0 were installed in Limburg in addition of the 3 existing ones with the aim to increase the quality of BRAMS data and to guarantee the long-term activities of the project (retrieve the trajectory of meteoroids).
Energetic particles might cause disturbances in electronics on board satellites and are a health concern for astronauts and even aircrew and passengers. Warnings and machine-learning techniques.
The modelling of the lunar radiation environment and its effects is an important element for designing and protecting lunar-based assets.
Inter-disciplinary approach could further advance the understanding of the mechanisms that generate extreme events.
Within the BRAIN-Be project MOMA (Multi-wavelength Observations and Modelling of Aurora) we study the UV, visible, and radio emissions of aurora on Earth, through both observations and modelling, to shed some light on the physical processes at play in the formation of aurora.
BIRA-IASB is building the electric field sensors for ESA’s Comet Interceptor mission that will visit a fresh comet entering the inner solar system.
The Energetic Particle Telescope provides electron flux measurements at 820 km to determine the strong flux variations.
In-situ measurements revealed that the transmitted signal was not truly circularly polarized as expected and that the beam was not pointing at the zenith but ~10° westwards. The transmitter has been adapted accordingly.
Solar missions determine the presence of very energetic (suprathermal) particles close to the Sun at the origin of the acceleration of the solar wind.
Comets are thought to contain the best samples of pristine early Solar System materials. However, we were able to show that they age as Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrate.
In the zoo of neutral gases discovered by Rosetta at comet 67P, the group of halogen-containing species grows.