Space Weather Euro News Vol. 8 Issue 5 (26-3-2004)

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  1. Nano-Satellite Beacons for Space Weather Monitoring: ESA ITT Now Open
  2. Space Weather Cost Benefit Analysis: ESA ITT Now Open
  3. First CAWSES Space Weather Campaign from March 29 - April 03, 2004
  4. Geant4 Space Users' Workshop 2004: Reminder
  5. ISSI Call for International Teams
  6. Report about technical failures and effects due to the space weather storms in October/November 2003
  7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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1. Nano-Satellite Beacons for Space Weather Monitoring: ESA ITT Now Open
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From: Alexi Glover

Please note that the ITT relating to the above study is now open.
The closing date for submissions is: 7th May 2004.

Synopsis:

A space network for space weather monitoring has to be sufficient to
gather data from a large volume of geospace, over an extended time
and with a replacement strategy for its elements. Deploying traditional
spacecraft for this results in a relatively costly solution. Very small,
very low-cost elements could be an attractive alternative to achieving
the goals. Following on from previous studies, the aim of this activity
is to consider the potential roles for nano-satellites and nano-
technologies in monitoring of space weather conditions within geospace.
This study shall look at the feasibility of a large number of very small
spacecraft (1-10kg) that can be deployed over time to create a dense
network of individual monitors, transmitting information about the local
space environment conditions.

cf: http://emits.esa.int/emits/owa/emits.main


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2. Space Weather Cost Benefit Analysis: ESA ITT Now Open
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From: Alexi Glover

Please note that the ITT relating to the above study is now open.
The closing date for submissions is: 7th May 2004.

cf: http://emits.esa.int/emits/owa/emits.main


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3. First CAWSES Space Weather Campaign from March 29 - April 03, 2004
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From: D. Pallamraju

The first CAWSES (Climate And Weather of the Sun Earth System) Space
Weather campaign will be running in association with the campaign of
CPEA (Coupling Processes in Equatorial Atmosphere) and the ISR World
Days from March 29 to April 3, 2004. The focus of the ISR world days
campaign will be the coupling between the high- and low-latitude
ionospheres. The focus of the CPEA campaign (which runs through March-
April 2004) is on the coupling from the troposphere up through the
thermosphere in a strong convective region over Indonesia.  The CAWSES
campaign will draw together and expand these efforts by coordinating
collaborating satellite and ground-based programs to produce a
sun-to-Earth data set which dips down into the lower atmosphere.  This
campaign will  also serve as  the first testbed for a collaborative
CAWSES/GEM/IAGA effort to combine international magnetometer chains to
produce global maps of ULF wave index and magnetospheric density. There
has been overwhelming response to the first CAWSES campaign announcement
and several groups from satellite missions to ground instrumentation have
indicated their interest in participating in this first campaign. You
all are encouraged to participate and in case you have not already done
so, please let the CAWSES Scientific Coordinator, D. Pallamraju
(raju@cawses.bu.edu) know what instrumentation you will be planning to
operate during this period to facilitate future coordination and
establishment of databases. Updates and an evolving list of collaborating
programs and individuals will be posted on the CAWSES website

  - http://www.bu.edu/cawses .

Stay tuned!


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4. Geant4 Space Users' Workshop 2004: Reminder
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From: Giovanni Santin

We are glad to announce that Vanderbilt University will host the second

             Geant4 Space Users' Workshop

A follow-on to the first Space Users' Workshop held at ESA-ESTEC in
January of 2003.

This second event will be held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville,
Tennessee, U.S., from the 10th to the 12th of May 2004.

The aim of this Workshop is to bring together Geant4 users across the
space domain. The event will accordingly consist of a half-day update
from Geant4 developers, followed by two days of users' presentations,
and by a Geant4 Technical Forum where the Geant4 users and developers
will review and define new space user requirements.


Topics of the Workshop include:
- Emerging requirements in space electronics and science detector
  systems
- Space environment and planetary exploration applications
- Simulations of future astronaut and aircrew radiation hazards
- Interfaces to Web-based space environment analysis tools such as
  SPENVIS
- Cosmic ray propagation analyses
- Microdosimetry and other applications on future micro- and
  nanodevices in space
- Recent developments in the simulation of hadronic and electromagnetic
  physics
- Other Geant4-related developments relevant for space
- Implications of IT trends (software, hardware, networks, GRID)


Abstract submission:
We are soliciting abstracts describing findings in areas described
above.  Anyone interested is invited to send a one-page abstract
containing no more than 500 words (text only-no figures, drawings,
etc...) to geantsuw@pop500.gsfc.nasa.gov. Abstracts should be
received by March 31, 2004.  A limited number of late submission
will be accepted until April 26th.  The workshop will be unclassified
and welcomes international participation.

More information and workshop registration can be found on the workshop
web page:

http://isde.vanderbilt.edu/geant4w.htm

Please feel free to forward this information to any interested colleagues.


Organizing Committee:

Makoto Asai - SLAC
Petteri Nieminen - ESA
Ron Schrimpf - Vanderbilt University
Robert Weller - Vanderbilt University
Robert Reed - NASA/GSFC
Mandy Conley - Vanderbilt University


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5. ISSI Call for International Teams
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From: Rudolf von Steiger

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland,
invites proposals from International Teams to conduct on its premises
research activities in space science (solar system science, including
geo and planetary science, climate and space weather, astrophysics,
including astrobiology, and cosmology), based on the analysis and
evaluation of existing data from several spacecraft and eventual
integration with ground observations and theoretical models.

Teams would typically consist of about 8-12 members (some could have a
few more and some less, to a minimum of 3) and assemble for two one-week
meetings over a year. A Team Leader will take the responsibility for the
activity of the Team in all its phases and will ensure the interface
with ISSI.

Applications: Detailed information on the format and contents of the
proposal, selection procedures, schedule and support from ISSI can be
found on the ISSI site:

  - http://www.issi.unibe.ch/visitors.html ,

that we urge you to consult.



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6. Report about technical failures and effects due to the space weather
   storms in October/November 2003
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From: Frank Jansen

A report about technical failures and effects due the space weather
storms in the period October/November 2003 is published on:

  - http://www.www-greifswald.de (under "News").

The report was possible thanks to input received from 18 space weather
experts from all over the world. It is organised into three categories:

1) space,
2) aviation and
3) ground failures


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7.  Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4603 NANO SATELLITE BEACONS FOR SPACE WEATHER MONITORING
(From 22/03/2004 to 07/05/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.1EE.02)

AO4562  SPACE WEATHER APPLICATIONS PILOT PROJECT - COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS
(From 25/03/2004 to 07/05/2004, Act.Ref.: 03.1EE.05)

AO4635  ESA INNOVATION TRIANGLE INITIATIVE
(From 16/03/2004 to 07/11/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.135.01)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:
http://emits.esa.int

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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments
and Effects Analysis Section ( http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma ) and
is a prototype mailing list intended to provide a forum for information
posting news of interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (keeping SWEN informed of news 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, Observatory of Paris Meudon
  Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
  Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate
  Michael Rycroft, ISU
  Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
  Wolfgang Baumjohann, IWF Graz, Austria
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

- SWEN archives are currently available on:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma/spweather/SWEN/swen.html

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