News story

Laura - Vita Bruel 068 (Purple) - Laura Sandals chez (344681) 9cc0fa

The UK-built Solar Orbiter is preparing to leave the Airbus factory in Stevenage to travel to Germany for testing, ahead of its launch in 2020 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

Published 17 September 2018
Les Tropéziennes par M Belarbi Barbara (Brown) - Sandals chez (344788),Les Tropéziennes par M Belarbi Brigitte (Brown) - Sandals chez (344791),Geox D MYRIA A D6468A NEW (Black) - Trainers chez (344840)Les Tropéziennes par M Belarbi Barbara (Yellow) - Sandals chez (344790),Skechers Go Walk 4 14913 (Black) - Trainers chez (345005),Mustang shoes Wilfried (Black) - Ankle boots chez (345037)Mustang shoes Wilfried (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (345036),Mustang shoes Moe (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (345043)Skechers Go Run Ultra R 2 (Blue) - Trainers chez (345026),Mustang shoes Vilou (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (345129)Mustang shoes Rosette (Blue) - Ankle boots chez (345120),Xti 47255 (Burgundy) - Loafers chez (345235),Mustang shoes Andy (Black) - Ankle boots chez (345058),Xti 47440 (Grey) - Ankle boots chez (345248),Xti 47348 (Black) - Ankle boots chez (345239),Moon Boot Moon Boot Pulse Mid Pr.Pop F.F (Pink) - Ankle boots chez (345502),Xti 47416 (Blue) - Trainers chez (345244),Aigle Fregate (Blue) - Boots & wellies chez (345644),Geox D Maedrys C D724EC (Beige) - Loafers chez (345692),Camper Marges Sport K300095 (Black) - Trainers chez (345769)Elizabeth Stuart Lima 318 (Black) - Ankle boots chez (346043),Elizabeth Stuart Xilor 317 (Burgundy) - Ballet pumps chez (346061),Faguo Figlone03 (Purple) - Trainers chez (345816),Elizabeth Stuart Litz 318 (Black) - High heels chez (346122)Vero Moda VmDay leather boot (Black) - Ankle boots chez (346381),Geox D Kennity C D723ZC (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (345687),Vero Moda VmMella leather boot (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (346392),Diadora N9000 Italia (Grey) - Trainers chez (346449),Vero Moda VmBella leather boot (Black) - Ankle boots chez (346379),Diadora N9000 MODERNA BF (Black) - Trainers chez (346470),

The UK is at the heart of this European Space Agency (ESA) mission to uncover the secrets of our planet’s star. Solar Orbiter will provide close-up views of the Sun’s polar regions, tracking features such as solar storms and the solar wind which causes Earth’s atmosphere to light up as the Aurora or Northern Lights. The north and south poles of the Sun ‘flipped’ in 2013 and Solar Orbiter will also explore this phenomenon.

ESA selected Airbus Defence and Space in the UK as the prime contractor on the mission in 2012, to lead a team of companies and universities from all over Europe that supply various parts of the spacecraft.

The UK is a world-leader in solar physics research and its scientists are in high demand on solar missions. UK scientists were instrumental in proposing the Solar Orbiter mission to ESA and the UK Space Agency funded teams from University College London, Imperial College London and the RALSpace to design and build three out of the ten state-of-the-art scientific instruments on board the spacecraft, and to contribute to a fourth.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

Published 17 September 2018