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20 Mar, 2015

Congratulations on Successful Launch of "Atlas V rocket"

The Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) aboard was successfully launched in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space at 11:44 a.m. (JST) on March 13 (Fri.) 2015.

The 4 MMS satellites are loading 16 units of FPI ion sensors, of which purchase order Meisei received from South West Research Institute (SwRI). The sensors are measuring the ion distribution of terrestrial magnetosphere .

MMS is the satellite that aims to elucidate Magnetosphere boundary layer controlling the structure and dynamics of the entire Earth's magnetosphere, and the plasma elementary process in the magnetosphere current layer at the particle scale.
4 ion monitoring devices “FPI-DIS” which use a multi-channel plate (MCP) including the electronics are mounted on a satellite. It monitors in four satellites formation (total of 16 units).

Please see the website of NASA for details.