Scientific research spacecraft Solar Orbiter has launched on its journey to study the Sun on February 9. The Solar Orbiter will address big questions in Solar System science to help scientists understand how our star creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the whole Solar System and influences the planets within it. It is an ESA mission with strong NASA participation.
Our engineers are helping to select suitable technologies for storing and archiving data collected by Solar Orbiter. Understanding in detail how the Sun works is the key to understanding both how it generates its life-giving energy and also how to protect our technology and way of life.