Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 22nd Daily e-mail.

Hej och god morgon (Hi and good morning), 

Update Summary
Payload 3E is still up! We were able to recover from our drop in altitude last night! We are back up above 30 km, and actually pretty close to our float altitude. We're currently at about 34 km and have a very slow ascent rate up, so maybe we'll get back even a bit more ground (or sky?). However, we've gone quiet a bit far south and may soon start to get close to some towns. Fingers crossed we go perhaps a bit more North and East, or slowly West. Actually lets just hope that we stay within the wilderness. 

No news yet on whether we'll launch on Monday or Tuesday, but we'll be able to say more after tomorrow's MET briefing. 

Have a great weekend!

News from Kiruna
Ground Weather:
Temp.:  15.3 C
Wind speed:  0.1 m/s with a max of 1.2 m/s within the last five minutes or so.  

Stratospheric weather:
Turnaround may be here but the winds are still fast and unpredictable. They haven't yet seemed to set up, but here's hoping!

Payloads up: Next possible launch Monday 
3E  Launched at 7:05 UT on August 21st.

Payloads coming/which came down:3A launched at ~ 13:50 UT on August 10th and terminated at about 20:30 UT on August 10th
3B launched at ~4:30 UT on August 13th and terminated at about 17:18 UT on August 13th. 
3C launched at ~12:10 UT on August 17th and terminated at about 03:33 UT on August 18th. 
3D launched at ~6:02 UT on August 19th and terminated at about 12:50 UT on August 19th. 

Recent possible events: 
Payload 3A: August 10 2015 ~15:30  - 18:00 UT clear precipitation in FSPC1a, b, c and FSPC 2 Possibly some nice ULF waves

Payload 3A: August 10 2015 18:40 - 19:00 FSPC1a, b, c, FSPC 2, and possibly in FSPC3 and 4 as well 

Payload 3A: August 10 2015 19:15 - 20:30 UT FSPC1a, b, c, FSPC 2, and again possibly in FSPC3 and 4 as well. Again some ULF wave structure. 

Payload 3B August 13th 06:30 -11:20  It looks like there may have been microbursts in both the FSPC1 and FSPC2 files.

Payload 3B August 13th 13:20 - 16:00 UT An increase in FSPC 1 possibly FSPC2. 

Payload 3C August 17th 13:40 - 14:00 UT an increase in all 4 energy channels. 

Payload 3C August 17th 14:30 - 22:30 UT an increase in FSPC1 and FSPC 2 energy channels. Every once in awhile it looks like there were increases in the FSPC 3 and 4 channels as well. 

Payload 3D August 19th 7:15 - 12:40 UT an increase in the FSPC1 and FSPC2 channels. 

Payload 3E August 21st 08:30 - 13:30 UT an increase in the FSPC-1 channel. It looks like there are a few microbursts; fewer than observed on the 13th. There are other time periods observed as well throughout the event. 

Payload 3E August 21st 19:05 - 19:40 a tiny fluctuation in the FSPC 1 and maybe the FSPC 2 channels. 

Payload 3E August 22nd 0530 - 0545 UT An increase in the FSPC1 and 2 channels. 

News from Van Allen Probes:
There will be new collection times. See the toban report. 

Collection times for EFW:
August 10th
RBSP-A 2015-08-10 (good MMS conjunction) 12:25-20:00 @4096
RBSP-B: 11:30-18:45 @4096 

August 13th 
RBSP-A: 12:15-19:20 @4096
RBSP-B: 11:30-18:40 @4096

August 15th
Both RBSP-A and RBSP-B: 01:35-05:35 (4 hrs) @16384 
Both RBSP-A and RBSP-B: 10:40-14:40 (4 hrs) @16384 
Both RBSP-A and RBSP-B: 19:30-23:30 (4 hrs) @16384  

August 16th
Both RBSP-A and RBSP-B: 11:30-19:30 (8 hrs) @4096

August 19th
Both RBSP-A and RBSP-B: 12:00-19:30

August 22nd
RBSP-A: 12:00-19:30
RBSP-B: 12:30-19:45

August 25thRBSP-A: 11:30-18:45 
RBSP-B: 12:30-20:00

News from MMS: 
No new news.

News from THEMIS: 
No new News

News from Cluster:
From Fabien -  We may have caught a conjunction with Cluster yesterday! 

News from Firebird:
No new news

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

News from EISCAT
No new News 

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

Kiruna Magnetometer:
There was maybe a small substorm last night but it looks quiet now. It does look like there was a nice strong EMIC wave this morning starting at 3:00.
There was an EMIC wave before we launched yesterday but it seems pretty quiet for the rest of the day. 

The data haven't yet been updated for the 21st

GOES Electron Flux:
Both >2MeV and >800 keV are still elevated.

GOES Proton Flux:
GOES proton fluxes are remaining nominal.

Solar wind speed: 
Vsw = 379.8 km/s

Solar proton density:
density = 10.2 protons/cm^3

Sun spot number:
78. The new large beta-gamma sunspot labeled 2403 is still growing. It's still not Earth facing, but should be sometime next week. 

Flare activity:
There was an M class flare this morning. 

kp =  1 with a 24 hour max of kp = 2

SW magnetic field:
Bz = 2.2 nT South
Btotal =  6.6 nT 

Coronal hole news
There is now an Earthward facing coronal hole. There is also a second coral hole which is a bit smaller but at the solar equator which is starting to possibly become Earth directed. The current Earthward facing coronal hole is expected to hit around the 21st or 22nd. 

AE may show the start of a small substorm.    

Dst is currently quiet. 

Daily BARREL check in information: No Telecon this weekend.
Time: 7pm Kiruna time (13:00 Dartmouth time, 12:00 Minneapolis/Iowa time, 11:00 University of Colorado Boulder, 10:00 Berkley time). 

Phone number +1 641-715-3580
Access code 481960

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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