Current status for proposed/funded GCI M/LT science projects planned for 2022 and later:
SEED (Sporadic E Electrodynamics) (Barjatya/Embry-Riddle): SEED is funded by NASA. Its launch has been postponed to Summer 2022. It continues to be manifested for a launch from Kwajalein Atoll. PI Aroh Barjatya has more info at sail.erau.edu/seed
SONC balloon-borne experiment (Stratospheric Observations of Noctilucent Clouds) (ESRANGE, Sweden): Postponed due to Covid until August 2021. Second flight from Esrange in August 2022.
VortEX (Lehmacher/Clemson/USA): Postponed until September 2022 or February 2023. NASA SRPO hasn’t made a final decision yet, but it will be either.
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
The GCI M/LT online workshop is getting nearer by the day, and it’s time for you all to upload your talks to the CEDAR wiki page for our event.
Why is this necessary, you might wonder? Well, it’s caused by the fact that our workshop is a part of the CEDAR Virtual Meeting, June 22-26 2020 (http://cedarweb.vsp.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2020_Workshop:MainVG). The workshop was originally planned, and accepted as a part of the “physical” CEDAR 2020 in Santa Fe, and we’d like to keep that connection.
What you all need to do June 19th THE LATEST! :
Name your talk like this: Firstname_Lastname.pptx or Firstname_Lastname.pdf
The upcoming GCI M/LT online workshop is a part of CEDAR 2020. You will find more info about this on the CEDAR 2020 web.
It might be necessary for all GCI M/LT workshop participants to register With the CEDAR 2020 in addition to the system we provided through the GCI web. However, we will come back With more info on this shortly.
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.
The final version of the GCI M/LT white paper is ready for use. All 9 countries shown on the logo has now contributed to the content with research topics, supportive instrumentation and experiments they’ve planned to conduct as part of this grand challenge project. Now it’s all up to you. Please feel free to use the white paper as valuable background information for your funding applications in the month to come, and let’s know how it turns out in the end.
As we informed in March, there will be no CEDAR GCI M/LT workshop. However, we’ll start planning a miniaturized online version of what we where planning for the cancelled CEDAR workshop. So, what we should do before the summer:
Those of you who were thinking about giving a short talk during the cancelled CEDAR WS, should send us a title that can be entered into an online session.
It’s vital for the success of GCI M/LT that we form a group of PI’s coordinating the GCI M/LT science efforts in the months to come. Important issues here are:
Out of all the ideas and science topics in the white paper – what should we concentrate on trying to implement?
Who should do what with who, with what, from where and when? This is paramount for the planning that will be needed to be carried out by instrument makers, rocket planners/builders etc.
So, despite COVID-19 we can make this work. When it comes to physical meetings, we are aiming for a GCI M/LT session at AGU Fall Meeting 2020, 7-11 December (https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting). If this will happen or not, who knows, but we need plans for the future.
Today the GCI M/LT white paper was finalized after receiving the latest post from the countries that have indicated their interest in participating in the project. It will be distributed through the email list shortly.
Based on this email from Astrid Maute in the CEDAR 2020 planning committee, we have to inform you that also this planned GCI M/LT meeting is cancelled too:
“Dear workshop proposers,I would like to inform you that the 2020 CEDAR workshop is cancelleddue to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternative virtual options will be exploredfor a modified CEDAR meeting. Please stay safe and healthy,Astrid on behalf of the CSSC — Astrid Maute”
Due to the current situation world wide, the GCI ML/T core group will start working on the possibility of having zoom/Teams talks/meetings laster this spring to ensure that we can continue to develop the GCI M/LT project, despite the COVID-19 setback. Information about this will be issued in due time. Good ideas are mostly welcome.
The EGU is officially announcing the cancellation of the physical EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna, Austria, and so the GCI M/LT status Meeting during EGU 2020 in Vienna, Austria – SMI32 is cancelled too.
Next chance to meet is:
GCI M/LT workshop during CEDAR 2020 Will take place June 23rd, 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Eldorado Hotel and Spa.
Agenda TBD, but potential M/LT participants are requested to give a short presentation (5 mins) about campaign plans (Rockets, satellites, Balloons, ground based etc). Focus on the importance of data sharing through the SIOS database will be one topic.
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
UPCOMING: GCI M/LT workshop during CEDAR 2020 Will take place June 23rd, 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The change form 5 to 7 PM is to avoid too much overlap with the poster session which runs from 4 – 7PM.
Agenda TBD, but potential M/LT participants are requested to give a short presentation (5 mins). Focus on the importance of data sharing through the SIOS database will be one topic.
NASA has approved the sounding rocket experiment “VortEx” to be launched from Andoya Space Center in January/February 2022. The project is currently in the design phase. On two launch nights we plan to launch two rocket each, with instrumented and chemical release payloads, to study gravity wave breaking and mesoscale dynamics below and above the mesopause. Key region is 80 to 140 km. It is supported by ground-based airglow and temperature imaging, lidars and meteor radars. The novel techniques such as chemical release ejectable ampules, and multiple radar transmitters and receivers have the common goal to perform horizontally distributed observations of winds. This experiment is highly relevant for the Grand Challenge Initiative Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (GC/MLT), since it addresses important science questions collected in the Grand Challenge white paper. It may be seen as initial start of the GCI/MLT and to field-test new rocket and ground based techniques that may find wider application in the following years. Principal Investigator is Gerald Lehmacher with Co-PIs from Clemson University, Embry-Riddle University, Utah State University and Institute for Atmospheric Physics. More information can be found in Lehmacher et al., Proc. 24th. Symp. Europ. Rocket and Balloon Progr., ESA SP-742, October 2019.
Kolbjørn Blix, Director of Space Systems at Andøya Space Center, and program coordinator of Grand Challenge Initiative CUSP and M/LT are presenting both projects (CUSP project status + M/LT plans):
Abstract ID: 486187 Abstract Title: Grand Challenge Initiative – CUSP and M/LT Projects Final Paper Number: SM34A-01 Presentation Type: Oral Session Date and Time: Wednesday, 11 December 2019; 16:00 – 18:00 Presentation Length: 16:00 – 16:15 Session Number and Title: SM34A: Earth’s Dynamic Cusps I Location: Moscone South; 207, L2