Wednesday, December 25, 2013

BARREL Daily Status Update: December 25th

Hi all and Happy Holidays!, 

We will not have a launch today. The next chance for our first launch from Halley will be December 26th. The first launch for SANAE may be around the 28th of December. 

There is a small storm going on right now and it looks like it may get a bit bigger if Bz turns southward again. NOAA is predicting that there is a chance of a larger flare erupting over the next couple of days. The coronal hole in the Northern Hemisphere is still expected to become potentially geo-effective tonight and tomorrow. Our first possibly bursts collection for EFW on the Van Allen Probes will start on the 26th when they fly over the Halley and SANAE stations.

Ground Weather:

Temp.: -8. C
Wind speed: 18 knots 

Halley 6: 

Temp.: -5.2 C
Wind speed: 1 knots 

Payloads up: Our first possible launch date is late on the day of Dec. 26 th. 

SANAE IV: none  
Halley 6:  none. 

Payloads coming down:


Recent possible events: 


Collection times for EFW: Maps of these collection times are attached. 

A: 16:00 - 19:00 (MLTs from 14 - 17)
B: 16:00 - 19:00 (MLTs from 14 - 16.5)

A: 16:00 - 20:00 (MLTs from 11.5 - 14.5)
B: 16:30 - 20:30 (MLTs from 11 - 15)

A: 18:50 - 21:50 (MLTs from 11-14)
B: 19:00 - 22:00 (MLTs from 11-13.5)

Halley Bay :

A number of EMIC Waves 

GOES Electron Flux:

There is a slight decrease in the electron flux over the last 12 hours

GOES Proton Flux:

There is a decrease in the proton flux over the last 12 hours. 

Space Weather from and 

Solar wind speed: 274.5 km/s 
Solar proton density: 1.8 cm^(-3)  

Sun spot number: 96  

NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 35% and a 1% chance of an X class flare.  

Kp is quiet 

kp = 3 with a 24 max of kp = 3

Bz = 4.2 nT north

Btotal = 9.5 nT  

There is a Coronal hole in the northern hemisphere which could possible hit Earth on Dec. 25th - 26th.

From Kyoto:

AE: AE is at and about 500 nT and looks like it is continuing! Perhaps we will have some christmas lights in the sky tonight!   

Dst: on our way to a small storm with a Dst_min of -39nT and possibly still decreasing.      

Have a good day and We hope you enjoy the Holidays!

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