Space Weather Fair
We are at the second edition of the space weather fair. The fair offers the opportunity to end users, industry and service providers, scientists to interact
in an informal working environment.
Especially end users and companies can express what lies in their field of interest.
Space Weather Service providers are invited to participate as a stand holder, showing e.g. hands-on tools, data storage facilities, space weather modeling, space weather
|Spherical EUV and Plasma Sensor|
The versatile and real low-cost instrument SEPS enables measurements of the ionising spectral solar EUV irradiance as well as of
plasma parameters such as electron and ion densities, electron energies and temperatures as well as ion composition in the terrestrial ionosphere.
It can be operated in MEO orbits, in the interplanetary medium and in the planetary ionospheres as well. The sensor with a spherical outer diameter
of 8 cm and a mass of < 300 g does not require any solar pointing control because the effective area is of the same size from various directions.
In addition, it is a device with extremely stable calibration paramters over very long periods. Depending on the distance from the spacecraft,
charging of satellites can be determined, too.
G. Schmidtke, W. Konz, R. Brunner -- Fraunhofer-Institut für Physikalische Messtechnik IPM
PROBA2: launch of ESA's first space weather mission
PROBA2 is an ESA micro satellite with two space weather monitoring instruments onboard: SWAP & LYRA.
SWAP is designed to image the solar corona and monitor the occurrence of all events and features that are relevant for space weather. This
includes coronal holes, active regions, flares, prominences and coronal mass ejections. LYRA is a radiometer that will monitor
the solar irradiance at high temporal resolution in 4 passbands that are carefully selected for their relevance in space
weather, Earth aeronomy and solar physics.
The PROBA2 science center, hosted at the SIDC - Royal Observatory of Belgium, will process and distribute the SWAP and LYRA data products. An open data policy has been adopted. At the time of this
writing, PROBA2 is at the Russian launch site "Plesetsk Cosmodrome" where it is being mounted on the Eurockot launcher. Launch is foreseen for November 2, just two weeks before the ESWW6 conference.
PROBA2 is as a unique European asset and building block in the upcoming SSA program.
D. Berghmans -- ROB/SIDC
|Space Weather Prediction in Belgium|
What's the weather in space today and tomorrow? How high is the probability for solar flares to happen, how is the solar wind
behaving, can we expect a geomagnetic storm? Is the radio communication disturbed?
The weather in one glimpse: an easy, comprehensible and usable display.
The SIDC forecast-team -- ROB/SIDC
SEPEM: Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling
Welcome to the pre-release of the ESA Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling (SEPEM) application server.
The SEPEM project is working towards creating new solar energetic particle environment engineering models and tools
to address current and future needs. These will be made available via an online server giving the user flexibility
in their use of these tools and models and analysis approach. Participants interested in trying out the SEPEM server
for themselves, are invited to attend our "SEPEM master class" at the ESWW6 fair where hands-on SEPEM exercises will
be given in order to introduce interested users to the server prior to the full release in 2010.
D. Heynderickx -- DH Consultancy / N. Crosby -- BIRA-IASB / A. Glover -- ESA
|Rhea: solutions for the space industry|
Rhea is an independent Space Engineering Consulting and Software company that offers knowledge-based
services and innovative solutions to the space industry. Rhea has supported over 37 space missions
in the last 15 years, including comet chasers, planetary and Moon missions, deep space astronomy
experiments to understand the fundamental laws of physics, climate monitoring, meteorology, navigation
and communications. The group's technical knowledge base, together with the practical experience of its
engineers gained through the most demanding projects, ensure that Rhea can provide on demand the highest
level of expertise required by our customers, such as ESA, Eumetsat, EADS Astrium, Thales Alenia Space
Rhea provides engineering solutions in spacecraft Assembly Integration and Test (AIT), spacecraft and
payload operations, ground segment definition, on board software development, system engineering, mission
analysis and radiation analysis. In the area of space weather and environment Rhea's competencies are in
the following areas:
Rhea offers MOIS solutions for spacecraft operations, spacecraft testing and requirements verification and
development of On Board Control Procedures (OBCP). Rhea is the market leader for MOIS solutions and
procedure management systems. Rhea has successfully brought together engineers and scientists from
13 nationalities to support its clients across 7 European countries, Canada and the USA.
- Space Environment Analysis
- Radiation Effects Analysis
- Space Radiation Environment Tools
- Scientific Analysis of Particle Radiation Models
G. Lawrence, S. Alexandrova -- Rhea
NMDB: Neutron Monitor Database
The worldwide network of standardized neutron monitors is, after 50 years, still the state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure
variations of the primary cosmic rays in the energy range 500 MeV-60 GeV. These measurements are a necessary complement to space
based cosmic ray measurements. Unlike data from satellite experiments, neutron monitor data is often only available from the
individual station?s web site, in varying formats, and not in real-time. To overcome this deficit, the European Commission is
supporting the Real-time database for high-resolution Neutron Monitor Measurements (NMDB, www.nmdb.eu) as an e-Infrastructures
project in the Seventh Framework Programme in the Capacities section. It will for the first time allow use of real-time cosmic
ray measurements for space weather applications such as solar cosmic ray event alert and dosimetry calculations. Besides creating
a database and developing applications that use this data, a part of the project is dedicated to create a public outreach and training
web site to inform about cosmic rays and possible effects on humans, technological systems, and the environment.
C. Steigies --Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel / K-L Klein, N. Fuller -- Observatoire de Paris and the NMDB team
|SPENVIS and ESWeP|
M. Kruglanski -- BIRA-IASB
The fair takes place on Wednesday Nov 18, 16:30-18:30.
If you want to have a stand, please contact Petra Vanlommel.