Welcome to the SPICE on Solar Orbiter website!

The SPectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment or SPICE instrument is an imaging spectrometer on board the Solar Orbiter mission.

It is a European-led instrument with different partners across Europe and the USA participating in the SPICE consortium.


Solar Orbiter facing the Sun



Tracing structures in the heliosphere, the magnetic bubble in which the solar system exists, all the way to their solar origin is the number one objective of the Solar Orbiter mission. SPICE is essential for this objective. This remote-sensing instrument will investigate the extreme ultraviolet light from the Sun, deciphering the activity taking place in the different layers of our star's atmosphere.

In particular, it will provide a complete temperature coverage from the low chromosphere to the flaring corona as its passbands are dominated by emission lines from several different ionized atoms (e.g. H, C, O, N, Si, Fe, ...). It will also enable diagnostics of the solar atmosphere plasma composition, and will link the solar wind stream composition detected in-situ with other instruments aboard the spacecraft.



  • 19-20 November 2019: The Consortium will be meeting at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom).
  • 18 October 2019: A media event is organised at IABG near Munich, a last goodbye to the spacecraft before it is being sent to the USA for rocket integration. 
  • End of summer 2019: All the environmental testings of the spacecraft have been completed (Testing on ESA website)

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