Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Good Morning 

We have been seeing more activity as the sun has been starting to act up. The Sun is perhaps not producing large storms yet, but it is producing slightly faster solar wind speeds! 

Payloads up: 

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

Payloads ready for flight:
SANAE IV: Possible launch of payload 1Q on 16 Jan 2013
Halley 6: Winds should be dying down over the next day so hopefully they'll have a launch Monday afternoon. 

Payloads coming down:
1J possibly 

Jan 12th 2013
Sat. A 0220 UT - 1005 UT
Sat. B 0150 UT - 0920 UT

Jan 13th 2013
Sat. A 0530 UT - 1315 UT
Sat. B 0500 UT - 1250 UT

Space Weather from

Solar wind speed is 450.1 km/s
Solar proton density 7.9 cm^(-3)

156 sunspots are now visible. NOAA increased the likelihood of a M class flare to 65% and a 10% chance of an X class flare. The evil twins have started crackling, but are only about a third of the way across the sun so still a few days away until they may become geo-effective. There have been multiple M and C class flares occurring from the evil twins sunspot! Lets hope they hold out a little bit longer. 

Kp is quiet kp = 2 with a 24 max of kp = 2
Bz = 4.3 nT north
Btotal = 4.9 nT 

There are no large coronal holes on the sun. 

From Kyoto:
AE: It looks like we are currently getting a substorm with AE peaking about 500 nT. There were two possible small substorms earlier in the day at 0100 and 0700 UT Jan 13 2013.  

Dst: still quiet. 

Talk to you all soon