Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 15, Issue 12 (12 October 2011)


1. SEPEM (Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling) Application Server 

2. Solar Orbiter selected for implementation by ESA's Science Programme Committee

3. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS

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1. SEPEM (Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling) Application Server 


From: Piers Jiggens <piers.jiggens AT>

The SEPEM (Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling) Application Server is now open for registration. The server allows users to plot and download data from Solar Energetic Particle Events and to create statistical models for long-term predictions of the SEP environment. This includes well known methodologies such as ESP and JPL as well as new models using virtual timelines.

Additional functionality will be available to users in the near future on request such as performing your own data processing, creating lists of SEP events using input parameters based on your own requirements, effects tools for calculating dose and single event effects (SEEs) with user input geometries. Further down the line the system will allow the prediction of interplanetary solar particle radiation populations from Mercury to Mars orbits using newly developed physics-based shock-and-particle model to simulate particle flux profiles of gradual SEP events [SOLPENCO2].

The Application Server can be found at

More information can be found on the help pages which are linked to on the right hand side of the webpage.

SEPEM was developed by a consortium led by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA - Belgium) under the ESA TRP (Technology Research Programme). The consortium also included The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), The University  of Barcelona (Spain), The University of Southampton (UK), QinetiQ (UK), DH Consultancy (Belgium) and MarsSpace Ltd (UK). The project manager is Norma B. Crosby (BIRA-IASB), Daniel Heynderickx (DH Consultancy) is responsible for IT Development and Data Processing and the ESA Technical Officer is Alexi Glover (ESA/ESAC).

If you have any queries or comments about the SEPEM Application Server please contact either Norma Crosby ( or Piers Jiggens (

ESA Contract No: 20162/06/NL/JD


2. Solar Orbiter selected for implementation by ESA's Science Programme Committee


From: Daniel Mueller <dmueller AT>

On 4 Oct, after more than a decade of preparatory studies, Solar Orbiter was selected by ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) for implementation with launch planned for 2017. Solar Orbiter will be the first medium-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan, and will be followed by Euclid, a cosmology mission to be launched in 2019 that was also selected.

Solar Orbiter, a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA, will provide an unprecedented out-of-the-ecliptic view of the Sun (reaching up to 25 degrees latitude during the nominal mission and >34 degrees during the extended mission phase) and will approach the Sun as close as 0.28 AU. With previously unavailable observational capabilities provided by the powerful combination of in-situ and remote-sensing instruments and the unique inner-heliospheric mission design specifically tailored for the task, Solar Orbiter will address the central question of heliophysics: How does the Sun create and control the heliosphere?

Further information: (official ESA mission page) (ESA press release) (Science Working Team pages)


3. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS



(From 03/10/2011 to 31/10/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1PU.04)

For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, see:


Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis Section 

( and is 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:

  Wolfgang Baumjohann           IWF Graz 

  Anna Belehaki                 COST ES0803

  Volker Bothmer                EGU-Solar Physics Secretary

  Alain Bourdillon              COST Action 296

  Jinbin Cao                    Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative

  Eamonn Daly                   ESA (excluding science programme)

  Maurizio Candidi              CNR

  Norma Crosby                  Space Weather Working Team Chairman

  Mike Hapgood                  Space Science Department, RAL

  Francois Lefeuvre             CNRS

  W. William Liu                Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt              Lund space weather center

  Richard Marsden               ESA Science programme

  Terry Onsager                 NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

  Jean-Yves Prado               CNES Programme Directorate

  Michael Rietveld              URSI-Commission G

  Michael Rycroft               ISU

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