Sunday, January 6, 2013

Launch of 1L and Daily e-mail Jan 6th 2013

Hello all, 

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. 

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 in the next few days which could potentially shut them down. 

Space Weather from

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.