Magnetospheric Constellation

Project Description
The Magnetospheric Constellation (MC) mission will answer: "How does
the dynamic magnetotail store, transport, and release matter and
energy?"

Overview:

- A constellation of 50 small satellites distributed in 3x7 Re to 3x40
Re, low inclination, nested orbits.

- "Nearest neighbor" average spacing 1.0-2.0 RE between satellites, in the
domain of the near-Earth plasma sheet.

Additional information available at
http://stp.gsfc.nasa.gov/missions/mc/mc.htm

[Summary provided by NASA.]