Space Weather Euro News Vol. 12 Issue 5 (20-06-08)

Table of Contents:


  1. European Space Weather Week #5, 17-21st November, Brussels 2008.
    News: Abstract and Registration Now Open
    Reminder: Call for splinter meeting proposals deadline 20th June
  2. AtmoCube CubeSat Selected by ESA for Vega Maiden Flight
  3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. European Space Weather Week #5, 17-21st November, Brussels 2008
News: Abstract and Registration Now Open
Reminder: Call for splinter meeting proposals deadline 20th June

From: Alexi Glover, Jean Lilensten and Ronald Van der Linden

***Abstract submission and registration are now open! ***
****Deadline for submitting a proposal for a splinter meeting 20th June***

For full details see:

The next European Space Weather Week will take place at the Royal Library of Brussels, Belgium, from Monday 17th November to Friday 21st November 2008.

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT, the COST 724 and COST 296 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops.

The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together diverse communities working on all elements of space weather with a strong focus on user involvement. This year’s meeting will discuss recent advances in both scientific and applications based domains and how these advances relate to user needs. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the Space Weather community’s contribution to possible future ESA action in the area of Space Situational Awareness. New data, tools and techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated during the workshop with a view to aiding the transition between new scientific results and user-oriented space weather services.

This year’s event will include a space weather fair, where users and service providers will have the opportunity to interact in an informal working environment. The meeting will also include a number of hands-on splinter sessions and will explore community development through several dedicated business meetings.


The meeting will centre on 6 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:

Session 1:Space Weather and the European Approach to Space Situational Awareness
Session 2:Global Navigation Satellite Systems : Science, user needs and applications
Session 3:Offshore Drilling, Magnetic Surveying and Geomagnetism : Science, user needs and applications
Session 4: Space Weather Models: from Research to Operations Session 5: New and Existing Data Resources, Tools and Services Session 6: Solar Weather: New results, analysis techniques, forecast tools and the outlook for users

Each session will be divided into oral and poster session with plenty of time devoted to discussion. Contributed papers are welcome to each of the 6 sessions. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. User contributions are expected to feature strongly in sessions 2 and 3 in particular. It is also envisaged that the meeting will conclude with a wrap-up of the key issues arising during the week long event in the form of a round table discussion on future European directions in space weather.

Business meetings:

A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that compliments the open format of the plenary sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. This year, time during the ESWW5 schedule will be set aside for all splinter meeting convenors to report the main conclusions of the meetings to the full workshop.

Several rooms will be available for splinter meetings during the week. If you would like to propose a topic for a splinter meeting, please send the title of the meeting and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover (alexi.glover at and Anna Belehaki (belehaki at as soon as possible.

Deadline for splinter meeting proposals: 20th June 2008.

Abstract Submission:

Online abstract submission is now possible via the conference website:

Deadline for submission: 1st September 2008.
Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstract by 1st October.


Registration is now possible via the conference website. The deadline for early registration is 17th October 2008.

Early Bird Registration Fee: 110Euro
Full Registration Fee (later than 17th Oct): 130Euro

Students and young (under 30yrs) scientists/engineers will be eligible for a reduced fee of 50 €. To be eligible, candidates must provide a valid student card and/or a CV (including date of birth) and they must be a presenting author.

Social Programme:

A social programme including a welcome reception and conference dinner will be included in the registration fee. More information will be available by 2nd June.


Presentation material from the invited talks will be made available on the ESWW5 website following the event. In addition, it is envisaged that scientific and technical papers presented at this event will form a special issue of a refereed journal. More information about this publication will be made available during the meeting.

Programme Committee:

Local Organising Committee:

This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Royal Observatory of Belgium and Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), The EC COST Office, The Belgian Science Policy Office, the International Space Environment Service, The Royal Library of Belgium and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Conference web site:

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2. AtmoCube CubeSat Selected by ESA for Vega Maiden Flight

From: Mauro Messerotti

We are pleased to announce that the educational nanosatellite "AtmoCube" proposed by the University of Trieste (Department of Physics and Department of Electronic Engineering) in response to the ESA Call For CubeSat Proposals as part of the Educational Payload on the Vega Maiden Flight has been accepted.

AtmoCube will be one of the 9 selected CubeSats to be flown for the debut of Europe’s new Vega launch vehicle in late 2008 or early 2009.

AtmoCube represents an innovative measurement system for the study of the near Earth space environment above 350 km housed in a cubic nano-satellite, 10 cm side, with a total mass less than 1 kg.

The main scientific instrument is a silicon detector with scientific goal to map the Earth's radiation environment at altitudes between 350 and 1,200 km, as determined by the spacecraft's elliptical orbit. This detector has been developed by the INFN-Trieste Division laboratories to fly on board future space missions dedicated to cosmic ray studies. Hence AtmoCube will serve as a fundamental test-bed.

The payload also includes a magnetometer and a GPS device to probe the Earth's magnetic field and the atmosphere respectively, providing measurements relevant to Space Weather effects.

Due to the involvement of the Departments of Physics and of Electronic Engineering of the University of Trieste, of INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) and INAF (National Institute for Astrophysics), both the technological and scientific characteristics of AtmoCube represent a strong motivation for students to get involved. Furthermore, the technological group is actively supported by a set of small industries involved in the project such as ENTEOS, ELCON, ELIMOS and SCEN.

An agile mission such as AtmoCube, both for the less-demanding development phases and the interchangeable payload that can be accommodated on board, could be considered as a demonstraor, illustrating the potential benefits of a series of small scientific missions for the analysis of the Earth's upper atmosphere at very low cost. In fact, a small constellation of AtmoCubes could represent a near-real-time, low-altitude space environment monitor in support OF Space Weather effects nowcasting and forecasting.

More information is available on the AtmoCube website:

Anna Gregorio
AtmoCube PI
Mauro Messerotti
AtmoCube Scientist
on behalf of the AtmoCube Development Team

3. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

(From 06/05/2008 to 30/06/2008, Act.Ref.: 08.136.02)
(From 14/05/2008 to 09/07/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.1EE.13)
(From 03/06/2008 to 12/08/2008, Act.Ref.: 08.1EE.19)
(From 26/05/2008 to 21/07/2008, Act.Ref.: 08.153.16)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
(From 28/01/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.153.52)
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:

Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments
and Effects Analysis Section ( and is a prototype
mailing list intended to provide a forum for information posting news of
interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.