We’re members of Solar Probe Plus (SPP), NASA's mission to touch the sun: flight software team, systems engineers, and project scientist. AMAA!
UPDATE: That's it for us! Some team members might come back over the weekend, but we're going home for now. Thanks for the questions!
Solar Probe Plus (SPP) will be the first spacecraft to fly into the Sun's atmosphere (or corona). Coming closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft, Solar Probe Plus will employ a combination of in situ measurements and imaging to achieve the mission's primary scientific goal: to understand how the Sun's corona is heated and how the solar wind is accelerated. We are members of the team developing the spacecraft. We look forward to your questions!
Team Members in this AMA:
- Nicky Fox — SPP Project Scientist
- Jim Kinnison — SPP Mission Systems Engineer
- Mike Furrow — SPP Mission Software Systems Engineer
- Sanae Kubota — SPP Fault Protection Lead
- Alan Mick — SPP Data Systems Engineer
- Chris Krupiarz — SPP Flight Software Lead (@ChrisKrupiarz)
- Nate Parsons — SPP Flight Software Team Member
- Ed Birrane — JHU/APL Group Supervisor for the Embedded Systems Group
Proof and pictures: https://twitter.com/SolarProbePlus/status/634817118798761986
(Vacation time and busy schedules prevented us from getting everyone)