Thursday, January 10, 2013

Daily e-mail Jan 10th


Payloads up: 
SANAE: 1J, 1K, 1M, 1N, 1O
Halley Bay: 1D, 1I

Payloads ready for flight:
SANAE: Unlikely to have a launch until either late in the weekend or early next week
Halley Bay: Expecting bad weather and no new launches until Monday at the earliest

Payloads coming down:
1B was terminated yesterday afternoon. 

Conjunctions: 
Jan 9th 2013:
A10** 3:10 - 10:50 Halley (If there is a launch... or perhaps the ground station magnetometer?)
B9**   2:15 - 8:45 SANAE (If there is a launch this day)

Jan 10th 2013
A11 6:00 - 13:40 1J (1J may be on a higher L, but this would potentially be a conjunction at apogee.
B10** 5:05 - 12:40 Halley 

Jan 11 2013
None

Space Weather from Spaceweather.com

Solar wind speed is 397.6 km/s
Solar proton density 1.4 cm^(-3)

153 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has kept the likelihood of a M class flare at 40% and a 5% chance of an X class flare. There are now two newly observed sunspots nicked named the the Evil Twins. They are collectively known as AR1654.  

Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 2
Bz = 1.2 nT south
Btotal = 4.0 nT 

There are no large coronal holes on the sun... perhaps those "higher (almost 400 km/s! I know, I know still slow)"  Solar Winds we saw were the high speed streams... or perhaps they were just too close to the solar pole. 

From Kyoto:
AE: a small blip in the AE index at ~0900 UT Jan 9th 2013

Dst: incredibly quiet! 

Talk to you all soon