Ion Composition Experiment
The job of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes Ion Composition Experiment (RBSPICE) is to determine how space weather creates the ring current formed around the Earth during solar storms, and how changes in that ring current affect the creation, acceleration, and loss of radiation belt particles.
RBSPICE is one of five instrument suites aboard the twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft, launched August 30, 2012, to study near-Earth space radiation and space weather. Originally named the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the Van Allen Probes mission is part of NASA's Living With a Star program.
For information on Van Allen Probes experiments:
- Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite (ECT)
- Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS)
- Electric Field and Waves Suite (EFW)
- Radiation Belt Storm Probes Ion Composition Experiment (RBSPICE)
- Relativistic Proton Spectrometer (RPS)
MISSION ELAPSED TIME
August 30, 2012, 4:05 a.m. EDT
RBSPICE NEXT EVENTS
Nominal mission duration: 2 years
Region of Operaitons: Earth's radiation belts
Orbit: Elliptical orbits transversing the radiation belts
Science payload: 5 instrument suites conducting related experiments