ULYSSES DUST DETECTION SYSTEM (UDDS)

Data Set Version 2.0 - Reviewed Mar 9, 1999

This version of the Ulysses dust data is SUPERSEDED.

Use this link to the latest version, which is complete through end of mission.

In October 1990, three weeks after the launch of Ulysses, the Dust Detection System began its ongoing mission to directly measure the dust environment of the inner solar system, from Venus to Jupiter, and particularly at high solar latitudes. UDDS works by detecting the charged plasma that results when a dust particle impacts the instrument at hypervelocites. From these measurements, particle mass, speed and direction can be constrained. UDDS can identify particles having masses between 10-16g and 10-6g traveling at relative speeds of up to 70 km/s. GDDS has detected interplanetary dust from asteroids and comets, interstellar dust, and streams of dust originating from Io volcanic activity.

Download the entire Ulysses DDS data set as a zip file.

Ulysses Mission
Ulysses
Spacecraft
UDDS Description
Data Set Details

IMPACT DETECTIONS FILE (1990-1995)
    
DATA
Detector responses, derived quantities (e.g. mass and
velocity), and spacecraft geometry information for
reliable impacts.
EVENT DETECTIONS FILE (1990-1995) DATA
Detector responses, derived quantities (e.g. mass and
velocity), and spacecraft geometry information for
reliable impacts and noise events.
INSTRUMENT STATUS TABLE (1990-1995) DATA
Detector configurations, settings, tests, and Ulysses
mission events.
INTEGER CODES DATA
Table of values for codes found within the detections
files.
INSTRUMENT CALIBRATION DATA
Laboratory measurements of detector rise times and
charge to mass ratios as a function of impact velocity
for different impacting materials.
DETECTOR AREA SENSITIVITY DATA
The sensitive area of the Ulysses dust detector as
a function of the incident angle with respect to the
sensor axis.
DUST REFERENCE CATALOG
Citiations for all references in the PDS documentation for UDDS and GDDS.


PDS Labels and Templates
Report on March 9, 1999 Review
Version 1.0
   


OTHER LINKS

Heidelberg Dust Group
Ulysses Homepage (ESA)
Ulysses Homepage (JPL)


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