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Working Group on Explorers, Suborbital, and Other Platforms

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Working Group Lead
Kristina A. Lynch, Dartmouth College
Brian J. Anderson, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Laboratory

Focus: concerns, issues, and new ideas for the various experimental platforms enabling Heliophysics investigations: suborbital, Explorers, CubeSats, ground-based facilities, secondary payloads, laboratory studies  


  • Generate a list of platforms of interest, both existing and new, ranging over all Heliophysics disciplines
  • Early, targeted, specific community outreach to ensure that these platforms are well-represented in the white paper process
  • Fall telecons to discuss issues of concern and ideas which we think the Survey should address explicitly
  • Spring meeting to ensure that these issues and ideas are sent upstream to the Steering Committee
  • Summer reading review of Survey drafts for closure


Working Group Members
Kristina Lynch, Co-Chair, Dartmouth University
Brian Anderson, Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins University
Robert Pfaff, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Robyn Millan, Dartmouth University
Robert Lin, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
Larry Kepko, Goddard Space Flight Center, University NASA
Allan Weatherwax, Siena College
David Hysell, Cornell University
Tony Mannucci, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
David Klumpar, Montana State University
Gregory Earle, University of Texas, Dallas
Harlan Spence, University of New Hampshire
Michael Thompson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Frank Hill, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

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