Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Daily e-mail January 16th 2013

Good Morning 

Payloads up: 
Maps of their current locations are attached at the bottom of the e-mail

Halley 6: 1D, 1I, 1G, 1C

Payloads ready for flight:
SANAE IV: The winds have started to die down so we may launch 1Q! 
Halley 6: We were able to launch 1C today! 

Payloads coming down:
1N was terminated this morning at 0805 UT. 
1K is getting close to McMurdo so we are watching it closely incase it needs to be cut down. 
1O has started falling so we may be cutting it down soon. 

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

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

Jan 14 2013
Sat. A 0000 UT - 0650 UT
Sat. A 0840 UT - 1620 UT
Sat. B 0000 UT - 0650 UT
Sat. B 0820 UT - 1600 UT

Jan 15 2013
Sat. A 0220 UT - 1000 UT
Sat. B 0200 UT - 0935 UT

Jan 16 2013
Sat. A 0530 UT - 1310 UT
Sat. B 0530 UT - 1310 UT

Halley Bay Mag
Halley Bay saw perhaps Pc4 for most of the day on the 15th, but thus far on the 16th not much is happening. 

GOES Electron Flux:
GOES 15 and 13 are still seeing higher fluxes in both the >2MeV and >0.8MeV energy ranges, but they have levelled out since yesterday.

Space Weather from

Solar wind speed is 400.6 km/s
Solar proton density 2.4 cm^(-3)

120 sunspots are now visible. NOAA decreased the likelihood of a M class flare to 45% and a 5% chance of an X class flare. In fact there haven't even been any C class flares in the last 24 hours. The evil twins are now about 2/3rds of the way across the sun, starting to come into range of being geo-effective. On the plus side, they are now growing more complex into the beta-gamma-delta configuration meaning that it could produce an x-class flare.  

Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 1
Bz = 1.3 nT south
Btotal = 4.8 nT 

There are no large coronal holes on the sun. 

From Kyoto:
AE: small blips in AE starting at ~1005 UT

Dst: very quiet. 

Update on getting L-values for the payloads:
We think we have it figured out! Today we will start re-running the KML files to have the colours reflecting L-value! I will also do the same for the satellites. However this will take a bit of time to run so you'll hopefully start seeing changes in the next couple of days. 

Update on getting L-values to overlay on the google earth maps:
This is next on the todo list and we think we may have figured out how to best do this. Worse case scenario we will have what the L-value is on constant lines of geo-graphic latitude.  

Update on the Archive viewer:
There is now a zoom feature. Highlight the portion of the plot you would like to zoom in on. To zoom back out just click on the plot. Also in case you haven't notice, the archive viewer doesn't work well if at all with internet explorer. It also runs slow on safari and firefox so Chrome is recommended.

Talk to you all soon