PAS Space Research Centre (PAS SRC) will be NASA’s partner in its Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission planned for launch in 2024. PAS SRC in cooperation with German partners (Universities of Bonn and Bochum) will provide a two-channel photometer GLOWS (GLObal solar Wind Structure).
It is an instrument for observing the heliospheric Lyman-alpha glow. The scientists and engineering team from PAS SRC will be responsible for the development and integration of the GLOWS instrument (power supply, on-board computer and software). The objective of the IMAP mission is to investigate the interaction of the solar wind with the Sun's galactic environment and cosmic ray acceleration processes.
Space Research Centre’s involvement in the IMAP mission will be a continuation of its multi-year program of researching the heliosphere and its Galactic environment, carried out, among others, within the existing NASA mission Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX).