Metis is the coronagraph on board Solar Orbiter, the ESA mission devoted to the study of the Sun that will be launched in October 2018. Metis is designed to perform imaging of the solar corona in the UV at 121.6 nm and in the visible range where it will accomplish polarimetry studies thanks to a variable retarder plate. Due to mission constraints, the telemetry downlink on the spacecraft will be limited and data will be downloaded with delays that could reach, in the worst case, several months. In order to have a quick overview on the ongoing operations and to check the safety of the 10 instruments on board, a high-priority downlink channel has been foreseen to download a restricted amount of data. These so-called Low Latency Data will be downloaded daily and, since they could trigger possible actions, they have to be quickly processed on ground as soon as they are delivered. To do so, a proper processing pipeline has to be developed by each instrument. This tool will then be integrated in a single system at the ESA Science Operation Center that will receive the downloaded data by the Mission Operation Center. This paper will provide a brief overview of the on board processing and data produced by Metis and it will describe the proxy-pipeline currently under development to deal with the Metis low-latency data.
SPICE is a high resolution imaging spectrometer operating at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, 70.4 – 79.0 nm and 97.3 -
104.9 nm. It is a facility instrument on the Solar Orbiter mission. SPICE will address the key science goals of Solar
Orbiter by providing the quantitative knowledge of the physical state and composition of the plasmas in the solar
atmosphere, in particular investigating the source regions of outflows and ejection processes which link the solar surface
and corona to the heliosphere. By observing the intensities of selected spectral lines and line profiles, SPICE will derive
temperature, density, flow and composition information for the plasmas in the temperature range from 10,000 K to
10MK. The instrument optics consists of a single-mirror telescope (off-axis paraboloid operating at near-normal
incidence), feeding an imaging spectrometer. The spectrometer is also using just one optical element, a Toroidal Variable
Line Space grating, which images the entrance slit from the telescope focal plane onto a pair of detector arrays, with a
magnification of approximately x5. Each detector consists of a photocathode coated microchannel plate image
intensifier, coupled to active-pixel-sensor (APS). Particular features of the instrument needed due to proximity to the Sun
include: use of dichroic coating on the mirror to transmit and reject the majority of the solar spectrum, particle-deflector
to protect the optics from the solar wind, and use of data compression due to telemetry limitations.