TABLE 9.4 Summary of SWMI Prioritized Imperatives

 

Rank Imperative   Missions DRIVE Space
Weather

 

1 Enhance the resources dedicated to the Explorer program and broaden the range of cost categories.        
2 Complete the strategic missions that are currently in development (MMS and RBSP/BARREL) as cost-effectively as possible.
3 Initiate the development of a strategic mission, like MEDICI, to determine how the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system is coupled and responds to solar and magnetospheric forcing.
4 Ensure strong continued support for extended missions that can still contribute significantly to high-priority science objectives.
5 Enhance and protect support for theory, modeling, and data analysis, including research and analysis programs and mission-specific funding.      
6 Ensure continuity of measurements of upstream solar wind.
7 Invest significantly in developing the technologies to enable future high-priority investigations.
8 Ensure strong multiagency support for a broad range of ground-based assets that are a vital part of magnetospheric science.
9 Develop a mechanism within NASA to support rapid development, deployment, and utilization of science payloads on commercial vehicles and other missions of opportunity. NSF and DOD efforts in this regard are also encouraged.      
10 Through partnership between NASA’s Heliophysics Division and Planetary Division, ensure that appropriate magnetospheric instrumentation is fielded on missions to other planets. In particular, the SWMI panel’s highest priority in planetary magnetospheres is a mission to orbit Uranus.
11 Partner with other space agencies to implement consensus missions such as a multispacecraft mission to address cross-scale plasma physics.
12 Encourage the creation of a complete architecture for the National Space Weather Program that would coordinate joint research, commercial, and operational space weather observations and define agency roles for producing, distributing, and forecasting space weather products. In addition the SWMI panel encourages all agencies to foster interactions between the research and operational communities and to identify funding for maintaining a healthy research-to-operations and operations-to-research program.      
13 Implement a program to determine, based on past observations, the optimum set of measurements that are required to drive high-fidelity predictive models of the environment, and to put in place a plan to ensure that the optimum set of observational capabilities is maintained.
14 Strengthen workforce, education, and public outreach activities.      
15 If resources permit, initiate a strategic mission like MISTE to simultaneously measure the inflow of energy to the upper atmosphere and the response of the ionosphere-thermosphere system to this input, in particular the outflow back to the magnetosphere.      
16 Create an interagency joint laboratory physics program that addresses issues relevant to space physics.      

 



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