Conclusions

PAM/IDA is a new generation light-scattering device to measure physical parameters of single particles PAM/IDA provides non-disturbed analysis of particles, i.e. particles exit intact, so that PAM/IDA can be mounted in front of other instrumentation. At 2.5 kg, 1.5 W operating power, and low bit-rate due to onboard processing, PAM/IDA is designed for low impact on spacecraft resources. A laboratory version of the PAM/IDA was successfully tested and PAM/IDA is ready for development of a flight version. Even though it as designed to study interplanetary and cometary dust with small alterations PAM/IDA is suitable for studying planetary aerosols.

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