Monday, January 7, 2013

Daily e-mail Jan 7th 2013

Hello all, 

Payloads up as of 9:13 PST Jan 7th 2013: 
SANAE: 1J, 1K, 1L, 1M
Halley Bay: 1B, 1D

Payloads ready for flight as of 9:11 PST Jan 6th 2013:
SANAE:  No new news
Halley Bay: 1I is ready for launch and 1G is being tested. 

Ground Weather
Halley Bay: Due to high winds (25 knots) no new launches expected until mid week. 
SANAE: They are also expecting a high storm for the next few days which has currently shut them down. 

Space Weather from

Solar wind speed is 372.4 km/s
Solar proton density 8.7 cm^(-3)

186 sunspots are now visible. NOAA has kept the likelihood of a M class flare at 35% and a 5% chance of an X class flare. 

Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 2
Bz = 1.0 nT south
Btotal = 3.4 nT 

There are still the two holes which are at the westward limb and spanning across the upper middle portion of the sun. The SW from these holes are still expected to hit the Earth on Jan 8- 9. The SW Density and magnetic field have been steadily increasing and the SW speed is now holding steady at 350 km/s and slowly increasing.

Kyoto Real time AE and Dst:
Over the last 24 hours there have been a few blips in AE on Jan 6 ~1200 UT and ~1800 UT. The 7th has had much smaller wiggles. 

The Dst has been incredibly quiet. 

Update on KML Files: 

The original website is back up to produce the KML files just as I've finished writing my program to make them myself. Either way I hope to catch up on the daily files tonight. 1J has been using the ground station in Halley Bay so unless they can e-mail us the data directly we may have to wait until the teams return to look at it. I will try to see if a conjunction occurred while 1J was at Halley and see if we can get the data.  

I've attached the payload maps for Jan 6th 2013 till today. As there has been a lot of movement of the payloads between the socs, one needs to look at both the Dartmouth and UCSC socs to see the entire flight path. I promise to have the KML files back up and working ASAP. 

Talk to you all soon