Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1
Monitoring Solar Storms / Early Warning Beacon
The mission will provide the nation with critical remotely sensed and in situ observations to assess the space weather environment and provide early warning of damaging space weather events to protect critical national infrastructure like the electric grid and space-based assets. SWFO-L1 will host several instruments to measure and assess space weather, including detecting coronal mass ejection events.
SWFO-L1 instruments include:
The Naval Research Laboratory’s Compact Coronagraph
The Supra Thermal Ion Sensor from the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley
A magnetometer from the Southwest Research Institute
An X-Ray sensor from ESA
The Solar Wind Plasma Sensor from the Southwest Research Institute
What We're Doing
Spacecraft Provider, Integration & Test Lead
Ball Aerospace is also building an operational environmental satellite for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center called the Weather System Follow-on – Microwave (WSF-M). WSF-M will host its own Energetic Charged Particle space weather sensor in addition to its primary instrument to measure ocean winds.