Due to the recent announcement by the AGU Fall Meeting organizers that this years conference will be a hybrid event with both physical and virtual attendance, and many of us will be vaccinated before the summer, we have decided to propose such a hybrid GCI M/LT session. We hope that many of you will have the opportunity to meet physically, and that in this way we can give our common project a necessary injection of energy and increase progress. As mentioned earlier, the pandemic has made it much more difficult to organize the sequel to the successful GCI CUSP project, since meeting physically several times a year (normally CEDAR and AGU FM) contributes to a sense of unity and common goals that one does not achieve as well through online meetings.
The session proposal is already made, and can be downloaded here:
As a part of the “CEDAR Virtual Meeting 2020” the GCI M/LT workshop started 1700 CET and lasted until 20:10 CET. The Zoom counter showed steadily 100 participants, which was max allowed for our session in Zoom. We apologize to those who were denied access to the meeting due to the maximum limit of 100 participants for which the session was set up.
We had 24 planned talks, 1 was cancelled but will be posted online. A couple had technical issues, but overall it went as planned.
Lot’s of new ideas for science projects and cross country/Atlantic cooperations in M/LT research from 2022 as part of GCI. At this point of time 10 sounding rocket Projects are either funded, proposed or will be proposed for participation in GCI M/LT:
The list of planned ground based and ballon science projects/campaigns will be updated shortly.
At the end of the meeting, a GCI M / LT coordination group was set up consisting of representatives from all 9 GCI M/LT countries, plus dedicated coordinators for the program itself and for student rocket(s). This group becomes an important part of the job of operationalizing the project’s white paper and the good ideas presented thorugh the talks in this session.
The session was recorded, and these recordings and some selected talks (those who had technical difficulties) will be made available shortly.
GCI M/LT Coordination Group: Chair: Douglas Rowland (NASA Goddard, USA) Program Coordinator: Kolbjørn Blix (ASC, Norway) Student Rocket Coordinator: Chris Koehler (U of Colorado/COSGC) Gerald Lehmacher (Clemson, USA) Takumi Abe (ISAS/JAXA, Japan) Wojciech Miloch (UiO, Norway) Ingrid Mann (UiT, Norway) William Ward, (New Brunswick, Canada) Boris Strelnikov (IAP, Germany) Jörg Gumbel (Stockholm University, Sweden) John Plane (University of Leeds, UK) Tomasz Noga (Lukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, Poland) Oleg Ugolnikov (Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Download links: Recording of the complete session: –
Talks experiencing technical issues: (to come soon) David Miles (University of Iowa) | Sounding Rocket Magnetometer Option
Oliver Drescher (DLR MORABA, Germany) | HAS – Development of a thrust controllable research platform to hover in the middle atmosphere
Vladimir Yushkov (Central Aerological Observatory, Russia) | Sounding Rocket in Russia
Joan Stude (German Aerospace Center / DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics) | Future plans on deploying our rocket mass spectrometer ROMARA
Complete list of talks: 1700-1705: Kolbjørn Blix (ASC, Norway)| Agenda Information
Since CEDAR was canceled this year, it is important that we take steps to maintain the progress of GCI M/LT. One way to do this is to host an online workshop that ensures that we can handle much of what is lost by not being able to physically meet Santa Fe as planned. We therefore propose a Zoom-based replacement where each participant gives an online lecture, either directly (max 5 minutes) or in the form of a pre-recorded talk (could be more than 5 minutes). 5 minutes is a short time, but from experience we know that this is enough to present thoughts and ideas about planned or proposed projects that you want to implement in GCI M/LT based on white paper that was sent to you all in March 2020 https://www.grandchallenge.no/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/GCI-MLT-Whitepaper-realease-version-1.docx
According to the GCI M/LT white paper the project is planned to start in 2022 with the VortEx campaign. This gives us a perfect opportunity to plan complementary and new campaigns during and after VortEx. The white paper has entries from 9 nations on possible science topics, technologies, platforms, ground based observatories and potential research partners.
The Zoom session will take place June 23, 2020, 1500-1730 UT (1700-1930 CET) and will be chaired as a “regular” session.
To ensure the best possible scientific outcome and value for the funding institutions, we should use this workshop to do short (5 min) presentations (either live or pre-recorded) on proposed/planned experiments/campaigns and allow discussions/comments. In the end of the session the organizers will propose the formation of a GCI M/LT PI-coordination group, as well as time/place/type of follow-up meeting.
Please sign up for the workshop https://www.grandchallenge.no/conference/ with your name, email, suggested title of your talk (due to the 2,5 hrs time slot we will have to limit the amount of talks) and whether you will prefer pre-recorded or not. Deadline for signing up will be June 12th 2020.
The Zoom-link will be sent out by email as we approach June 23rd. It will also be posted on the GCI web.
We have now submitted a Scientific Workshops proposal for the AGU Fall Meeting 2020. If all goes well, the proposal is accepted and the pandemic quites down later this year, we might meet in San Francisco for fruitful discussions in December.
Updated Jan 30th UPCOMING: GCI M/LT status Meeting during EGU 2020 in Vienna, Austria – SMI32 To reduce the need for travels for our European colleagues, we plan to arrange a GCI M/LT status meeting May 5th to allow us to update each other on the current status of the project development, plans and possible GCI M/LT related projects in Europe. Agenda TBD, but potential M/LT participants are requested to give a short presentation about their plans for participation (5-10 mins).
Room: 0.51 (28 person capacity) at the EGU conference centre. 10:45–12:30 Meeting type: by invitation only