Sunday, February 2, 2014

BARREL Daily Update: Feb. 2nd 2014

Hi all, 

There was a planned power outage at UCSC where our soc is held. It was not suppose to affect our room, but did. We have a backup power system for these situations which gave us time, with some great quick work from our team, to move the payloads to the Dartmouth backup soc. The payloads are back up on the UCSC soc. It may take some time for the CDF files to be updates with the data that was housed at Dartmouth. 2L will be at the Dartmouth soc this morning and  moved back to UCSC this afternoon. 

Yesterday we also had the launch of payload 2F. It stayed down at the Halley Soc until it was transferred to UCSC. Halley launched 2Q today so we have another large array of balloons up. 2A, 2B, and 2L are all getting lower in altitude but are staying stable so far. 

There have been a few more flares, hopefully some more activity will follow. 

Ground Weather:
Temp.: -11. C
Wind speed: 12 knots

Halley 6: Their computer is down. 

Temp.: ? C
Wind speed: ? knots 

Payloads up: 

SANAE IV: 2A, 2B, 2E, 2F
Halley 6:  2L, 2O, 2P, 2Q

Payloads coming down:

Collection times for EFW:  
A: 19:30 - 23:59

B: 17:20 - 22:30

A: 13:40 - 20:40

A: 16:40 - 23:40 
B: 12:30 - 19:30

A: 13:30 - 20:20

B: 12:45 - 19:45

A:13:15 - 18:59
A: 19:10 - 20:30

Halley Bay Search Coil Magnetometer :
A nice EMIC eve last night at about 22:00 UT 

GOES Electron Flux:
The electron levels have stayed at moderate levels, but thee were some dropouts/structure. 

GOES Proton Flux:
The proton levels are at moderate levels but there were some dropouts from the start of the SI

Space Weather from and 
Solar wind speed: 391.6 km/s 
Solar proton density: 1.1 cm^(-3)  

Sun spot number: 147
NOAA has the likelihood of a M class flare at 75% and a 15% chance of an X class flare.  

There are currently no large coronal holes observed on the Earthward side of the Sun. 

Kp is quiet 
kp =0 with a 24 max of kp = 3

Bz = 2.6 north
Btotal = 3.2 nT  

From Kyoto:
AE: some small activity

Dst: quiet.

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