Welcome to the web page for the FIELDS Experiment for the Parker Solar Probe.
Quick status (updated 2018 December 17):
The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft launched August 12, 2018 on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. It successfully flew by Venus on October 3, and survived the first PSP solar encounter from October 31–November 11.
In December, the first FIELDS data from encounter was telemetered to the ground from the spacecraft. The FIELDS science team was able to use this data to verify that the instrument performed well, taking valuable science data throughout the encounter. The remainder of the data from the encounter will be telemetered after the second encounter, in April 2019.
The PSP magnetometer boom, which houses the three FIELDS magnetometers and the FIELDS V5 sensor, was successfully deployed on August 13, 2018. The FIELDS V1-V4 antennas were successfully deployed on September 2, 2018.
The FIELDS Main Electronics Package (MEP) was delivered to APL in Laurel, MD in April 2017.
The FIELDS sensors (magnetometers and antennas) were delivered to APL in May and June 2017.
After launch, data from the FIELDS instruments will be available on this website.