Solar Orbiter, an interoperability success story

Solar Orbiter is an ESA/NASA collaboration to send a combination of remote sensing and in-situ instruments to the inner heliosphere and explore the Sun and its environment.The 10 instruments onboard are supported by scientific communities that carry different heritage in data handling and usage. Interoperability of the data of the different instruments onboard Solar Orbiter is nevertheless essential: none of these instruments is conceptually new or better than what has been flown before. The uniqueness of the Solar Orbiter science is in the joint observations with a suite of instruments from a new perspective. Hence the non-expert use of the data coming from a variety of instruments will be typical for a mission like Solar Orbiter.

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