Radio and Space Plasma
SCIFER-2 rocket campaign 2008
rocket is ~ on
the ESR field line. This is magnetically conjugate to
Finland beam 9, range gate 33 (1890 km), Iceland beam 6 range gate 40
(2115 km) for the scan mode used in the campaign.
Gates marked every 10th gate in the trajectory plots in the
Summary of launch timeline
T - 03:00 h contact air traffic control etc.
|| A lag to first range of 900 km, and
a range gate
size of 30 km offers good coverage around the trajectory from both the
Finland and Iceland radars. We will run a 3 s dwell, with full 16 beam
coverage on channel A of both radars (a scan resolution of 48 s), and
a reduced scan of beams 5-11 on Finland and 3-9 on
Iceland (21 s scan resolution).
Frequency management will be done manually from Leicester during the launch window.
The sort of thing we'd like to see is shown here, using old data from earlier in the year. Note the ESR is at range gate 38 in this standard scan, not gate 33 as in the rocket scan mode used for SCIFER.
The All Sky Camera in Ny Alesund
Longyearbyen optics (Kjell Henriksen Observatory)
Global convection maps. Probably better to focus on the more local CUTLASS data below
Local magnetometer realtime
CUTLASS control room: +44-116-252-3520
Paul Kintner firstname.lastname@example.org
|campaign data will appear
CUTLASS summary plots (created next day)
CUTLASS detailed plots
EISCAT summary plots
EISCAT detailed plots
||The first hot count was held today with the window opening at 0600 UT. High winds at Andenes prevented the launcher from being elevated. Avalanche danger at Longyearbyen prevented the telemetry tracking crew from reaching their stations. The window was closed at 0810 UT.|
|03/01/08||The winds at Andenes were marginally too strong to launch and the launcher was kept in the horizontal position. Avalanche danger at Longyearbyen continued through the early morning but starting about 0900 the snow plow began clearing the road and the effort was still underway at 1300. Some decent data from Finland 0830-1000 UT, although it was far poleward of Svalbard|
|04/01/08||Everything working just fine, but the solar wind fails to get beyond the light breeze stage. Some decent CUTLASS data, but again pretty far poleward.|
by: Tim Yeoman