Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17th Daily e-mail

Hej och god morgon (Hi and good morning), 

Update Summary
What a day! We had a great launch and once again seem to have landed in the middle of some great space weather! The payload has been up for about 4 and a half hours and seems to be going strong. 

No launch for tomorrow, but there may be a possibility for a launch on the 19th. 

News from Kiruna
Ground Weather:
Temp.:  21.4 C
Wind speed:  0.3 m/s with a max of 1.7 m/s within the last five minutes or so.  

Stratospheric weather:
Turnaround is almost here! We expect to see it on Monday. 

Payloads up: Next possible launch Monday mid day/early afternoon. 
3C launched at ~12:10 UT on August 17th.

Payloads coming/which came down:3A terminated at about 20:30 UT on August 10th
3B terminated at about 17:18 UT on August 13th. 

News from Van Allen Probes:
Some new times for collection added. 

News from MMS: 
MMS will be in good position around 09:00 to 11:00 UT. Burst data will not be available until at the end of that window, but we can look for 1030 – 1230 UT, or so and again later around 1400, when VAP will be back in position.

News from THEMIS: 
From Xiaojia - I have put together a couple of close conjunctions (in L) between three probes of THEMIS and this BARREL balloon, assuming that you launch at early local morning on August 7th and the geographic location is stabilized at esrange. Currently the THEMIS Ops team are working on implementing special time-based particle burst captures (at 128 Hz) during these intervals. 

News from Cluster:
From Fabien -  There will be no conjunctions on August 20th or 21st. 

News from Firebird:
From Alex Crew - FIREBIRD is still getting down context (low-rate data) for these periods but we will hopefully (probably tomorrow am around the telecon) commence getting down some hi-res data from this interval [likely ~1920 UT...]

News from AeroCube 6
From Drew - They had some great conjunctions and are now trying to get down the data. 

News from EISCAT
EISCAT is running for this event! 

Space Weather  from , and Kyoto (possibly others as well)

Kiruna Magnetometer:
There is definitely a storm going on. No strong signatures of EMIC waves, but there may be something, but it's very close to the bottom and may be just part of the broad band activity.

Finish Magnetometer Array:
only broad band data from either the 16th or 15th. Hopefully tomorrow we'll know if they saw EMIC waves.  

It looks like there was at least some precipitation during this storm :) 

GOES Electron Flux:
Both >2MeV and >800 keV are growing and the > 2 MeV electrons are almost an order of magnitude above the electron event threshold.  

GOES Proton Flux:
GOES proton fluxes are remaining nominal.

Solar wind speed: 
Vsw = 555.7 km/s

Solar proton density:
density = 2.6 protons/cm^3

Sun spot number:
32- number 2396 is officially off the face of the Sun. 

Flare activity:
Very quiet... 

kp =  5 with a 24 hour max of kp = 5

SW magnetic field:
Bz = 0.3 nT north
Btotal =  5.1 nT 

Coronal hole news
There is now an Earthward facing coronal hole. It is more poleward, but much larger than the last. 

Quiet active! It looks like there is a substorm going on right now. 

Definitely recovering. Currently at -36 nT

Swedish Phrase of the day:
A street names down the road
här bor jag  = Here I live

Hej då och god kväll från Kiruna (Good bye and good evening from Kiruna), 

Alexa and the BARREL team. 

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