High-latitude ion transport and energetic explorer (HI-LITE): a mission to investigate ion outflow from the high-latitude ionosphere
Chakrabarti, S., Smith, M. F., Herrero, F. A., Hesse, M., Baker, D. N., Bochsler, P. A., Wurz, P., Balsiger, H., Chakrabarti, S., Erickson, G., Cotton, D. M., Stephen, T. S., Jamar, C. A. J., Gerard, J.-C., Fuselier, S. A., Ghielmetti, A. G., Mende, S. B., Peterson, W. K., Shelley, E. G., Vondrak, R. R., Gallagher, D. L., Moore, T. E., Pollock, C., Arnoldy, R., Lockwood, M. and Gladstone, R. (1993) High-latitude ion transport and energetic explorer (HI-LITE): a mission to investigate ion outflow from the high-latitude ionosphere. In: Instrumentation for Magnetospheric Imagery II, 11th July, 1993, San Diego, Calfornia, USA, pp. 40-56.
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The proposed HI-LITE Explorer will investigate the global ion outflow from the high-latitude ionosphere, its relationship to auroral features, and the consequences of this outflow on magnetospheric processes. The unique nature of the HI-LITE Explorer images will allow temporal and spatial features of the global ion outflow to be determined. The mission's scientific motivation comes from the fundamental role high-latitude ionospheric ions play in the dynamics of the solar wind driven magnetospheric-ionospheric system. These outflows are a major source of plasma for the magnetosphere and it is believed they play an important role in the triggering of substorms. In addition this paper describes the HI-LITE spacecraft and instruments.