Saturday, January 5, 2013

Launch of 1K and Daily e-mail Jan 5th 2013

Hello all, 

It looks like the sun is starting to act up! Nothing has hit us yet, but the next few days could be exciting!

Payloads up as of 9:04 PST Jan 5th 2013: 
SANAE: 1J - on UCSC Soc
  1K - Halley Bay at the moment. It will be transferred to UCSC once it hits      the troposphere. 
Halley Bay: 1B - on UCSC Soc 
       1D - on UCSC Soc 

Payloads ready for flight 
SANAE: Possible launch of payload 1L. 1L is also ready to launch, but I doubt that we'll have a double launch today, but tomorrow looks good. 1M is being tested. 
Halley Bay: 1I is being tested. 1G has been unpacked

From Robyn Ground Weather Outlook

Halley: The winds are expected to pick up to ~20 knots this afternoon and stay high for the next few days. We don't expect to launch anything from Halley until next week.

SANAE: The weekend is looking favorable overall. 

Space Weather from

Solar wind speed is 333.3 km/s
Solar proton density 0.8 cm^(-3)

There is not just an increase in the number of sunspots, but they are all starting to "crackle". The most active one was on the northern limb of the sun and sent off a M1.7 class flare at 9:34UT and ionization from this event was observed over Europe. Sunspot 1640 is still observable and slowly flaring.

NOAA is now giving an M-Class flare happening in the next 24 hours a 25% chance and a X-Class flare a 5% chance. Nothing has really hit the earth yet. Next week could get interesting!

Kp is quiet kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 1
Bz = 0.8 nT south
Btotal = 4.6 nT 

The two coronal holes are still active and solar wind from them are expected to hit the Earth sometime between Jan 8th and 9th 2013.