Sunday, January 6, 2013
Launch of 1L and Daily e-mail Jan 6th 2013
Payloads up as of 9:11 PST Jan 6th 2013:
SANAE: 1J, 1K, 1L
Halley Bay: 1B, 1D
Payloads ready for flight as of 9:11 PST Jan 6th 2013:
SANAE: Possible launch of payload 1M but I haven't heard yet if it was successful.
Halley Bay: 1I is ready for launch and 1G is being tested.
Halley Bay: Due to high winds (25 knots) no new launches expected until mid week.
SANAE: They are also expecting a high storm in the next few days which could potentially shut them down.
Space Weather from Spaceweather.com
Solar wind speed is 344.7 km/s
Solar proton density 7.9 cm^(-3)
There has been a huge increase in visible sunspots! 181 are now visible. With this NOAA has increased the likelihood of a M class flare to 35% and a 5% chance of an X class flare.
Kp is quiet with kp = 1 with a 24 max of kp = 1
Bz = 0.7 nT south
Btotal = 8.6 nT
There are still the two holes which are making their way to the westward limb. 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 while still low is at least now relatively staying above 300 km/s.