Colin Wilson's Home Page in Oxford
I work in the Department of Atmospheric,
Oceanic, and Planetary Physics at Oxford
I work with the European Space Agency's Venus Express
mission, mainly on observations of atmospheric dynamics and cloud
proerties using the VIRTIS
instrument. Venus Express was launched on the 9 Nov 2005, and has
been orbiting Venus since the 11 April 2006.
I am co-PI for a proposal submitted to ESA in 2010 to fly a balloon
mission to Venus, entitled the
European Venus Explorer
(EVE) mission. This follows an earlier EVE proposal
submitted in 2007
, which proposed a larger joint ESA/Russia mission which would have
included an orbiter and a lander.
For my doctoral degree, I developed a wind sensor for the
Beagle 2 Mars lander, which was lost on
arrival in December 2003.
We have been developing new wind sensors for Mars landers, most recently
as part of the Advanced Environmental Package to be flown on Europe's
C.F. Wilson, Eric Chassefière, et al., The 2010 European Venus Explorer (EVE)
mission proposal. Experimental Astronomy, published online Oct 2011,
R. Ghail, C.F. Wilson, et al., EnVision: taking the pulse of our twin planet.
Experimental Astronomy, published online August 2011,
C. F. Wilson, C.C.C. Tsang, P.G.J. Irwin, F.W. Taylor B. Bézard, P.
Drossart G. Piccioni, R.W. Carlson, R.C. Holmes, Analysis of thermal
emission from the nightside of Venus at 1.51 and 1.55 microns,
C.F. Wilson, S. Guerlet, P.G.J. Irwin, C.C.C. Tsang, F.W. Taylor, R.W.
Carlson, P. Drossart, G. Piccioni, Evidence for anomalous cloud
particles at the poles of Venus, Journal of Geophysical Research .
Planets, 113, E00B13, 2008,
C. F. Wilson, A.L. Camilletti, S.B. Calcutt & P.M. Ligrani, A wind
tunnel for the calibration of Mars wind sensors., Planetary and Space
C. F. Wilson, E. Chassefière, et al., "Why we need to go to Venus:
the future of European Venus exploration". International Astronautical
Congress, paper #1789, Glasgow 3 Oct 2008. Download here.
For full publication list click
Click here for a poster
describing the EVE mission proposal. (Presented at Europlanet
conference, Potsdam, August 2007).
here for a poster on initial atmospheric dynamics results from
VIRTIS/Venus Express. (Presented at 1st European Planetary Sciences
Conference, Berlin, Sep 2006).
here for a poster on 100-gramme Venus microprobes. (Presented at
Chapman conference "Exploring Venus as a terrestrial Planet", Florida, Feb
here for a poster describing the Venus Entry Probe Workshop.
(Presented at Chapman conference "Exploring Venus as a terrestrial
Planet", Florida, Feb 2006), or click
here to go to the VEP Workshop website.
for a poster reviewing Mars wind sensing techniques. (Presented at
DPS conference, Cambridge, Sep 2005).
here for a poster reviewing water vapour measurements in Venus
atmosphere before Venus Express. Presented at EGU, Nice, April 2004.
Beagle 2 Wind Sensor. This poster summarises the B2WS development,
includes preliminary work done on an experimental analogue of the
convective updraft above a hot lander on Mars. Presented at EGS/AGU/EUG
conference in Nice, April 2003.
Mars Wind Tunnel
for more on the low density wind tunnel used for Mars wind sensor
Beagle 2 wind sensor
Click here for more
on the Beagle 2 wind sensor.
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and
Oxford University, OXFORD OX1 3PU, U.K.
Tel: +44 1865 272 086
Fax: +44 1865 272 923