Future Mission Studies: (ON) TRAQ
study (28 April 2008 - 15 January 2010),
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opospheric composition and
Conducted for an assessment study for "ESA Future Earth Core Explorers
Mission" candidate "TRAQ".
ESA CONTRACT NO:
Full ESA name: "TRAQ Performance Analysis and Requirements
Consolidation for the Candidate Earth Explorer Mission TRAQ
(TRopospheric composition and Air Quality)
The key objective of this preface-A study was to support the scientific
development of the candidate Earth Explorer Mission TRAQ in parallel to
the industrial phase 0 system study for the candidate mission TRAQ.
This project further supported the TRAQ MAG and ESA for the
prioritisation of the challenging mission requirements and has
provided recommendations to update the Mission Requirement Document
15 March 2005:
A call for 'Core Earth Explorer Ideas' was released.
ESA Future Missions
15 August 2005:
Following the call for ideas, a consortium led by KNMI proposed the
during 2006: The TRAQ mission was selected as one of the six
missions which would be investigated further in the assessment round.
ESA Candidate Explorers - Assessment Phase
A "Mission Assessment Group" (MAG) led by ESA, with among others
P. Levelt and H. Eskes as members, investigated further the
scientific merit of this mission.
In support of the scientific assessment, a consortium led by KNMI
conducted the "ON TRAQ" study.
20-21 January 2009: all Assessment Reports have been presented on the
"Earth Explorer User Consultation Meeting". Three missions have been
selected for the "Feasability Study" phase, but TRAQ was not
selected. More information and all assessment reports:
Earth Explorer User Consultation Meeting
Despite the fact that TRAQ was not selected early in 2009, the
ON TRAQ study was finalised normally.
The ON TRAQ consortium, led by KNMI, consisted of the following institutes and universities:
- Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
- Environment Canada
- Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
- Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
- Laboratory for Atmospheric Optics (LOA, a joint laboratory of University of Lille - 1 & CNRS)
- Laboratory of Molecular Physics for the Atmosphere and Astronophysics (LPMAA, a joint laboratory of University Pierre et Marie Curie & CNRS)
- Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)
- Free University of Brussels (ULB)
This project is a cooperation between the two KNMI departments