The Van Allen Probes mission was part of NASA's Living With A Star Program, and consisted of twin spacecraft carrying scientific instruments designed to help understand the Sun's influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the Van Allen radiation belts, ionosphere, and thermosphere.
The Van Allen Probes spacecraft were successfully launched August 30, 2012.
The Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission was renamed the Van Allen Probes in honor of space pioneer James A. Van Allen.
Van Allen Probes B was decomissioned 2019-07-19 and Van Allen Probes A was decomissioned 2019-10-18, both due to lack of maneuvering fuel.
- Van Allen Probes EMFISIS Waves Instrument Science Team:
William Kurth, Team Lead Co-Investigator (University of Iowa)
George Hospodarsky, Co-Investigator (University of Iowa)
Ondrej Santolik, Co-Investigator (Charles University/Prague)
Prof. Craig Kletzing in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Iowa
was the EMFISIS Principal Investigator.
Listen to audio recordings of Van Allen Probes/Waves plasma wave observations.
- UIowa Van Allen Probes EMFISIS Instrument Suite
- Van Allen Probes Project
- Van Allen Probes EMFISIS Waves audio clips: sounds from space!
- University of Iowa News Release, August 3, 2006
- Outreach Activities
- EMFISIS Team Meeting, Oct. 2012
- Van Allen Probes SWG and Team meetings, Aug. 2013
- Space Science Reviews special issue on The Van Allen Probes Mission