ICON is lead by Dr. Thomas J. Immel at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory. A NASA Heliophysics Explorer mission, ICON follows the PI-management mode of operation. Over the past years since the release of the Announcement of Opportunity by NASA, Dr. Immel and his team have worked carefully on mission and design trades that improve the overall scientific mission while keeping it “in the box”. With two Phase A concept studies, ICON is a solid concept with large performance margins on scientific measurements, and good technical margins on power, mass, telemetry and pointing control. These technical trades have effects, in a number of ways, on the ability to meet science requirements and so the effort is extensive and involves detailed consideration of many aspects of the mission. It takes a great team to do this well and assure the success of the mission! Key management and engineering team members are noted here:

  • Principal Investigator : Dr. Thomas Immel – UC Berkeley
  • Project Manager: Dr. William Craig – UC Berkeley
  • Project Systems Engineer: Dr. Ellen Taylor – UC Berkeley
  • Payload Manager: Mr. Stewart Harris – UC Berkeley
  • Spacecraft Manager: Ms. Ann Cox – Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Mission Operations Manager: Dr. Manfred Bester – UC Berkeley
  • Mission Assurance Manager: Mr. Jorg Fischer – UC Berkeley

The instrument leads are involved in almost all key design trades and play a critical role in informing design decisions: whether potential changes can be made at the instrument (or instrument component) level, payload level, or need to consider a trade with the spacecraft and entire observatory. They’re also responsible for demonstrating that their instrument has the capability for meeting ICON’s science requirements. They’ve done a great job in all aspects, and are listed here:

  • Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI): Dr. Christoph Englert – Naval Research Lab
  • Far Ultraviolet Imager (FUV): Dr. Stephen Mende – UC Berkeley
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUV): Dr. Jerry Edelstein – UC Berkeley
  • Ion Velocity Meter (IVM): Dr. Rod Heelis – UT Dallas
  • MIGHTI Optical Design/Calibration – Dr. John Harlander – St. Cloud State
  • EUV/FUV Detector Systems/Calibration – Dr. Oswald Siegmund – UC Berkeley

The ICON Science Team discusses each of the issues that affect science measurements to discuss which trades are acceptable or, better yet, beneficial. During the study of the ICON concept, several beneficial trades were made in the concept design that improved the precision of our scientific measurements. Dr. Immel also leads the ICON Science Team and discussed these trades with the team weekly during the Concept Study. Science Team members are noted below:

  • Dr. Gary Bust – Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. Geoffrey Crowley – ASTRA
  • Dr. Scott England – UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Harald Frey – UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Jeffrey Forbes – Colorado University
  • Dr. Joseph Huba – Naval Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Farzad Kamalabadi – University of Illinois
  • Dr. Astrid Maute – High Altitude Observatory
  • Dr. Jonathan Makela – University of Illinois
  • Dr. Gary Swenson – University of Illinois
  • Dr. Andrew Stephan – Naval Research Laboratory

ICON benefits also from a group of international Collaborators and Co-Investigators with a broad range in expertise from space and ground based measurements and scientific work.

  • Dr. Jean Claude Gerard – University of Liege
  • Dr. Benoit Hubert – University of Liege
  • Dr. David Hysell – Cornell University
  • Dr. Pierre Rochus – Centre Scientifique de Liege
  • Dr. Akinori Saito – Kyoto University

ICON has a great Education and Public Outreach program as well, with facets that include important collaboration and events in California, Texas, and Hawaii, and a Student Collaboration consisting of a science instrument (Student Atmospheric Gravity wave Experiment, or SAGE) provided by the University of Illinois. The inclusion of the SAGE instrument is NASA’s option, but the baseline E/PO program plays a key role in the overall success of the mission.

  • Education and Public Outreach Lead: Dr. Claire Raftery – UC Berkeley

ICON has an outstanding group of experts in their respective fields ready to support the mission through design, build and launch, and to make the greatest use of theĀ scientific results for the benefit of the scientific community and NASA’s Heliophysics Division. ICON is ready to go!