The goal of the ICON mission is to understand the tug-of-war between Earth’s
atmosphere and the space environment. In the “no man’s land” of the ionosphere,
a continuous struggle between solar forcing and Earth’s weather systems drive
extreme and unpredicted variability. ICON investigates the forces at play in
the near-space environment, leading the way in understanding disturbances that
can lead to severe interference with communications and GPS signals.
ICON project website
US Naval Research Laboratory, UT Dallas, CSL, Space Dynamics Lab, Northrop Grumman.
Dr. Thomas Immel.
At SSL: Thomas Immel, Bill Craig, Ellen Taylor, Stew Harris, Abhi Tripathi, Jerry Edelstein, Oswald Siegmund, Eric Korpela, Chris Smith, Jeremy McCauley, Nate Miller, Peter Berg, Sharon Jelinsky, Stephen Mende, Harald Frey, Claire Poppett, Bryce Roberts, Tori Fae, Will Marchant, Mark Lewis, Sabine Frey, John McDonald, Carl Dobson, Karin Hauck, Igor Ruderman Full Team
ICON launched in October 2019. ICON finished its prime mission science directives in Dec 2022.
The ionosphere, at the boundary between Earth and space.