Space Weather Euro News Vol. 10 Issue 5 (31-03-06)

Table of Contents:
1. PROBA-3 and Space Weather
2. Closure of the UK Ionosondes at Chilton and Port Stanley
3. Two permanent positions at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. PROBA-3 and Space Weather

From: Eamonn Daly

PROBA is a programme of small technology demonstration satellites.
PROBA-1, mainly dedicated to Earth Observation but containing space
environment monitoring, will soon be joined by PROBA-2 which contains
Solar Observation payloads:

PROBA-3 is intended to demonstrate formation flying technologies, and
the mission selected for study is Coronagraphy. In addition, it may fly
in a GTO orbit and so provide a valuable space environment monitoring
platform. An Invitation to Tender (ITT) has been issued by the Agency
for the system study of PROBA-3. Interested parties are encouraged to
look at the documentation at

2. Closure of the UK Ionosondes at Chilton and Port Stanley

From: Sarah James <>

This letter is intended to alert our users and the scientific community
to the decision of the UK’s Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
(PPARC) to withdraw all funding from the UK ionosondes programme. This will
mean the closure of the ionospheric monitoring stations at Chilton in the
UK and at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands within the next 6 months.

The Chilton ionosonde continues the data series begun at Slough in 1931
and has just celebrated 75 years of regular soundings of the ionosphere,
the longest sequence of ionospheric data anywhere in the world. The Port
Stanley ionosonde has been taking data since 1945, making it one of the
longest time series of ionospheric data anywhere in the southern hemisphere.

Closure of the Chilton and Port Stanley ionosondes will cut off long-term
data series and leave crucial gaps in coverage at the North-Western
edge of Europe and in the South Atlantic. This would be a significant
loss to ionospheric, solar-terrestrial, upper atmosphere and radio science.

If you wish to express your concern about these closures I suggest you
write to the contact at PPARC given below. Please copy any letters to me.
I would also welcome suggestions and support in finding alternative funding
sources, to maintain these facilities.

Also included below is a brief summary of some of the key issues about the
Chilton and Port Stanley ionosondes. You may wish to elaborate on those
points most important to your own area of interest in your comments to PPARC.

Many thanks in advance for your support,

Sarah James
Head of Ionospheric Monitoring at RAL

Please send letters or emails to the following:

Sue Horne
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1ET

And copy to:

Sarah James
Ionospheric Monitoring Group
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Didcot OX11 0QX

3. Two permanent positions at the Royal Observatory of Belgium

From: David Berghmans,

Applications for two permanent, full time positions in the solar
physics department of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) are now
welcome. The deadline for the arrival of such applications is May 3,

The ROB is a Belgian Federal Scientific Research institute located in
the outskirts of Brussels. Its solar physics department is known as
the 'Solar Influences Data analysis Center' ( The
SIDC is a group of about 20 researchers, with active participations
in the preparation and exploitation of space missions such as SOHO,
STEREO and PROBA2. The research topics currently addressed by the
SIDC include heating and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, the study
of space weather phenomena and the study of the solar cycle. The SIDC
is also a center for operational space weather services which include
the production of the International Sunspot Number, ground-based
observations and space weather forecasts.

The selected candidates are expected to work independently and
eventually lead research projects and operational activities.
Experience is required with reduction and interpretation of ground-
based or space-borne observations, or with theoretical research and
modelisation. Preference will be given to candidates whose background
matches the current research activities of the SIDC, and candidates
capable to lead one of the operational activities of the SIDC.

As dictated by Belgian civil servant regulations, these job openings
are limited to EU citizens fluent in either French or Dutch. All
details concerning the job profile and the selection procedure
(including the address for application submission) can be found in
the official announcement (

4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2007, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

(From 08/03/2006 to 05/05/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.1QC.04)

(From 14/03/2006 to 24/04/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.136.01)

(From 13/03/2006 to 15/05/2006, Act.Ref.: 05.197.25)

(From 07/03/2006 to 02/05/2006, Act.Ref.: 05.197.27)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
Maurizio Candidi, CNR
Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
Mike Hapgood, EGU & Space Weather Working Team Chairman (from Q2/2006)
Pierre Lantos, Observatory of Paris Meudon
Francios Lefeuvre, Space Weather Working Team Chairman
Jean Lilensten, COST Action 724
W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency
Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
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Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
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