working groups

In order to account for the multidisciplinary aspects of this mission, the JUICE Science Working Team delegates tasks to scientific working groups. These working groups focus on specific topics of research. 

tasks

  • to stimulate scientific discussions and collaborations amongst the JUICE teams;
  • to support the JUICE science working team and project during the development phase (when needed);
  • to analyse the spacecraft trajectory in term of scientific opportunities;
  • to study synergistic scientific campaigns of payload operations;
  • to assess the scientitic return of the mission;
  • to generate models relevant to the JUICE investigations (e.g. reference ionosphere, exosphere, dust models, etc..);

organisation

Four groups are currently in place:

  1. Working group 1: Internal structure, subsurface and geophysics of giant icy moons
  2. Working group 2: Surfaces and exospheres of satellites, dust and rings
  3. Working group 3: Jovian magnetosphere and plasma environment
  4. Working group 4: Jupiter 

The coordination between these groups is done by the Project Scientist and the Science Operations Center.

Activities

2015:

  • definition and membership of the working groups
  • study of three science operational scenarios: Europa flubys, a typical Jupiter equatorial orbit, 500 km Ganymede circular orbit

2016:

  • analysis of the "energy reduction" phase of the JUICE trajectory
  • support the project in the Jupiter radiation environment update