Atmospheric drag, occultation 'N' ionospheric scintillation (ADONIS) mission proposal: Alpbach Summer School 2013 team orange

Sebastian Hettrich, Yann Kempf*, Nikolaos Perakis, Jędrzej Górski, Martina Edl, Jaroslav Urbář, Melinda Dósa, Francesco Gini, Owen W. Roberts, Stefan Schindler, Maximilian Schemmer, David Steenari, Nina Joldzić, Linn Kristine Glesnes Ødegaard, David Sarria, Martin Volwerk, Jaan Praks

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (SciVal)


The Atmospheric Drag, Occultation 'N' Ionospheric Scintillation mission (ADONIS) studies the dynamics of the terrestrial thermosphere and ionosphere in dependency of solar events over a full solar cycle in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The objectives are to investigate satellite drag with in-situ measurements and the ionospheric electron density profiles with radio occultation and scintillation measurements. A constellation of two satellites provides the possibility to gain near real-time data (NRT) about ionospheric conditions over the Arctic region where current coverage is insufficient. The mission shall also provide global high-resolution data to improve assimilative ionospheric models. The low-cost constellation can be launched using a single Vega rocket and most of the instruments are already space-proven allowing for rapid development and good reliability. From July 16 to 25, 2013, the Alpbach Summer School 2013 was organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the European Space Agency (ESA), the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) and the association of Austrian space industries Austrospace in Alpbach, Austria. During the workshop, four teams of 15 students each independently developed four different space mission proposals on the topic of "Space Weather: Science, Missions and Systems", supported by a team of tutors. The present work is based on the mission proposal that resulted from one of these teams' efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA2
JournalJournal of Space Weather and Space Climate
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Drag
  • Ionosphere (general)
  • Missions
  • Space weather
  • Thermosphere


Dive into the research topics of 'Atmospheric drag, occultation 'N' ionospheric scintillation (ADONIS) mission proposal: Alpbach Summer School 2013 team orange'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this