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.



  • CURRENT: Solar Orbiter launch is planned for February 9 2020, with a 2-hour launch window starting at 11:03pm EST. 
  • CURRENT: Small SPICE consortium meeting planned on Thursday 6 2020 in the afternoon, ahead of the launch.
  • January 2019: SPICE is now on social media! Twitter: @spice_on_SolO and Instagram: @solarorbiter_spice. Follow us!
  • End of 2019: Solar Orbiter is undergoing unpacking operations at the Cape Canaveral, for a launch planned in the night of 5-6 February 2020.
  • 19-20 November 2019: The Consortium met at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom).
  • 1 November 2019: Solar Orbiter travelled on an Antonov cargo plane and safely arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it is getting ready for launch in February 2020.
  • 18 October 2019: A media event was 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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