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Changed time slot for GCI M/LT workshop at CEDAR

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.

The first GCI M/LT sounding Rockets – G. Lemacher, Clemson Univ. – “VortEx”

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.

GCI M/LT way forward

  • 2020:
    • Jan: White paper finished
    • Week 8: Science workshop – Japan (TBD)
    • May: M/LT workshop – EGU in Vienna
      • Science topics and time lines (funding, campaigns) presented by each party
    • UPDATED 17.12 2019:
      June: M/LT workshop – CEDAR 2019
      • Info from European meeting
      • Science topics and time lines (funding, campaigns) presented by each party
      • Tentative scenarios discussions
      • GHOST (student rocket)
        • Funding, Consept (RockSat X?), Launch site & time
    • Tag-up during AGU Fall Meeting
       
  • 2021:
    • April: GCI M/LT tag-up during EGU
      • European (and US if present) funding status?
      • Time line updates
    • June: International GCI M/LT workshop during CEDAR 2021
      • Status:
        • Missions, Funding, Time lines
        • GHOST (student rocket)
        • Scenarios
    • Autumn: Operations workshop(s)
      • DLR Moraba/NASA Goddard SFC/ASC?
         
  • 2021-2023:
    • Payload and instruments prep
       
  • 2022-2026:
    • Launch & measurements campaigns

GCI CUSP & M/LT tag-up during AGU Fall Meeting

The GCI Cusp and M/LT core work group have scheduled a tag-up during AGU Fall Meeting.

Time and place: Moscone Posterhall south, Tuesday 10th from 2PM to 3 PM. Room number to be posted later.

GCI Cusp and M/LT talk at AGU Fall Meeting

GCI M/LT illustration by Trond Abrahamsen, Andøya Space Center

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