A SOOP – Solar Orbiter Observing Plan – is the analogue of a SoHO JOP and Hinode HOP.
Project Scientists and SOC have worked together to produce a menu of SOOPs that, as near as possible, addresses all the Solar Orbiter sub-objectives.
- A SOOP is a set of common operations from multiple instruments:
- i.e. a collection of instrument modes and parameters.
- It can be reused during different orbital opportunities.
- It can therefore address several mission sub-objectives at once
- One SOOP ↔ many sub-objectives
- Different objectives may need different targets/orbital opportunities
- Not every instrument is necessarily needed in a SOOP.
- SOOPs can run in parallel
- Instruments can make individual observations when not needed for the coordinated campaigns
- In Situ (only) / Remote Sensing (only) / Linkage between the two
- SOOP focussed on FULL / SMALL FoV, or BOTH
- Low/Medium/High spatial resolution
- Low/Medium/High temporal cadence
- Lastly, a description to cover the main intent of the observations, as loosely as possible so not to exclude any of the intended sub-objectives
The name may not reflect exactly what comes to your mind when you see it for the first time, but it is indicative of the observations.