Space Weather Euro News Vol.4 Issue 3 (13-01-2000)

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1. Call for Payload Ideas for a Possible ESA Micro-satellite
2. Swiss Reinsurance Space Weather publication
3. Last Announcement of the Advanced Study Institute on
   Space Storms and Space Weather Hazards
4. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. Call for Payload Ideas for a Possible ESA Micro-satellite
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From: Eamonn Daly             E-mail: edaly@estec.esa.nl

ESA is currently working with industry to develop and fly the Proba (PRoject
for On-Board Autonomy) spacecraft. Proba is a ~100kg micro-satellite and
will be launched into polar orbit in mid-2001. The possibilities of a follow-on
are being actively  investigated and one idea which is being discussed is to give
emphasis to space environments and effects. We would be very interested to
have proposals for payloads from member-states' organisations. Note that
"Proba-2" will be an optional programme with GSTP-3 and that payloads
should either be nationally funded or be proposed for funding within GSTP-3
with national delegations' explicit support. Please respond to
E. Daly (edaly@estec.esa.nl) as soon as possible.

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2. Swiss Reinsurance Space Weather publication
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From: Frank Jansen                                          E-mail: fjansen@aip.de

Swiss Reinsurance will publish in spring 2000 a brochure with respect
to Space Weather. The brochure will cover  the physical/astronomical
background, practical consequences as well as commercial as
insurance aspects of Space Weather. The brochure is written by a team
of physicists from the Astrophysical  Institute Potsdam in Germany
(Dr. F. Jansen) and  from the Finnish Meteorological Institute Helsinki
(Dr. R. Pirjola) and edited by Swiss Re experts  (Dr. R. Favre and Mr.
F. Schibli).
 


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3. Last Announcement of the Advanced Study Institute on
   Space Storms and Space Weather Hazards
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From: Ioannis A. Daglis                                E-mail: daglis@space.noa.gr

Last Announcement of the Advanced Study Institute on Space Storms
and Space Weather Hazards

The Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on Space Storms and Space
Weather Hazards ( http://sat2.space.noa.gr/~daglis/asi2000.html ) will
be held on the island of Crete, Greece, on June 19-29, 2000.

The Advanced Study Institute is co-sponsored by: NATO Scientific
Affairs Division European Space Agency (ESA) Committee on Space
Research (COSPAR) Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial
Physics (SCOSTEP) International Association of Geomagnetism and
Aeronomy (IAGA) European Geophysical Society (EGS)

Prof. R.-M. Bonnet, ESA Director of Science, will open the meeting
on Monday, June 19.

The ASI consists of a mixture of tutorial talks, invited and contributed
papers, poster sessions, mini-workshops and open discussion sessions.

The ASI Web Site is at http://sat2.space.noa.gr/~daglis/asi2000.html,
while the preliminary (and still incomplete) program is at
http://sat2.space.noa.gr/~daglis/program.html

We solicit contributed papers that would fit into one of the following
topical areas:

1. Sun, Interplanetary Medium and Space Weather
2. Dynamics of Space Magnetic Storms
3. Radiation Belts and Relativistic Particles
4. Magnetospheric Modelling Related to Space Weather
5. Space Weather Monitoring and Forecasting
6. Space-Weather Impacts on Spacecraft
7. Terrestrial Impacts of Space Weather
8. National and International Space Weather Programs - Strategies
for Future Directions in Space Weather Research

Young researchers are especially encouraged to present their work.

Abstracts and Applications for attendance should be submitted before
the end of February (instructions are posted on the ASI Web Page).


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4. Some ESA Tender Actions
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For more information and the complete list of ESA Tender Actions
please look at:

        http://emits.esa.int/emits/OpenTenders

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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Systems Environment Analysis Section
and is intended to establish a prototype of a potential
mailing list or forum with news of interest for the Space
Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (which keeps SWEN informed of news coming from
  other channels)is currently:

 Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
 Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
 Maurizio Candidi, CNR
 Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
 Mike Hapgood,  EGS
 Hannu Koskinen, SCOSTEP working group on Space weather
 Pierre Lantos, ISES
 Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
 Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
 Jean-Yves Prado, CNES-ONERA working group on space weather
 Michael Rycroft, ISU
 Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
 Wolfgang Baumjohann, MPE-German Representative

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The SWEN editor

Alain Hilgers
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