Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN
Vol. 15, Issue 04 (26 March 2011)


  1. Announcement: Release of PROBA2/LYRA calibrated data
  2. PhD position available at LPC2E, Orleans, France
  3. Workshop announcement: 2011 Space Weather Workshop, Boulder, April 26-29, 2011
  4. Announcement/Call for Papers: URSI Benelux Forum 2011 “Radio Science and Space”, 6 June 2011
  5. Call for interest on in-orbit validation of payloads hosted on-board Telecommunication satellites
  6. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS

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1. Announcement: Release of PROBA2/LYRA calibrated data

From: Marie Dominique

PROBA2/LYRA calibrated data are now available to the scientific community

Since March 10, both LYRA and SWAP (respectively the UV-EUV radiometer and the EUV imager on-board PROBA2) provide calibrated data in near-real time. So far, it was only the case for SWAP, LYRA was only delivering its uncalibrated data, labeled as “level1” products. The calibration process applied to reach “level 2”, involves the correction of dark current and of filter degradation, and converts data into irradiance units (W/m2). The availability of those new data broadens the field of investigation using LYRA acquisitions, allowing, for example, the comparison with other instruments in operation.

Both LYRA and SWAP calibrated data can be found on the website.

2. PhD position available at LPC2E, Orleans, France

From: Thierry Dudok de Wit

The Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace (LPC2E, Orleans, France) is seeking a PhD student (m/f) for forecasting the solar Extreme-Ultraviolet (EUV) irradiance in the frame of the European ATMOP (Advanced Thermosphere Modelling for Orbit Prediction) project.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in space weather/solar-terrestrial physics/solar physics, with strong skills in numerical data processing. She/he will be in charge of setting up an online forecast of the irradiance days to weeks ahead through the physical analysis and numerical processing of solar images taken in the EUV by the SDO satellite.

More details can be found here.

The deadline for applying is March 25, 2011.

3. Workshop announcement: 2011 Space Weather Workshop, Boulder, April 26-29, 2011

From: Terry Onsager

The 2011 Space Weather Workshop will be held April 26 - 29, in Boulder, Colorado.

This meeting will bring together the customer, forecaster, vendor, and research communities to focus on the impacts of space weather, on forecasting techniques, and on recent scientific advances in specifying and predicting conditions in the space environment. The program will highlight space weather impacts in several areas, including ionospheric disturbances, geomagnetic storms and their solar drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. Representatives from industries impacted by space weather will be invited to attend, including those from commercial airline, electric power, satellite operations, and navigation/communication industries. Space Weather Workshop 2011 is co-sponsored by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences, the NASA Heliophysics Division, and the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group.

Further details regarding the meeting agenda and travel will be posted on our web site.

4. Announcement/Call for Papers: URSI Benelux Forum 2011 “Radio Science and Space”, 6 June 2011

From: Alain Hilgers

Announcement and Call for Papers:
URSI Benelux Forum 2011 “Radio Science and Space”, ESA/ESTEC – Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk – The Netherlands, 6 June 2011

The 17th URSI Benelux Forum (“Cross-Border Radio Science”) is offering a meeting opportunity to all European researchers preparing a PhD in the different scientific fields covered by URSI (International Union of Radio Science - Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale). Researchers are also welcome to present advances in their postdoctoral research. The Forum provides a platform for the different research programmes in Radio Science.

Key Topics:

The Forum will feature invited speakers, convened sessions and a poster session. All posters are eligible for a “best poster award”. Poster boards have the dimension 1.2m (wide) x 1.8 m (high) for B0 posters.

Submission of abstracts:
All potential attendees are invited to submit contributions to be included in the proceedings. An extended abstract (length 2-3 pages) is requested. The attached template should be used for preparing the contributions. The contributions will be evaluated by the Scientific Program Committee and selected one will be included into the programme.

Submission is required by 29 April 2011.

Extended abstracts should be submitted electronically as high-resolution pdf files by e-mail to:
Truus van den Brink-Havinga, brink at

The proceedings of the URSI Forum will consist of a collection of submitted papers and will be distributed at the Forum to all registered participants.

Final Programme:
The final programme, including titles of sessions and poster presentations, time schedule and directions to the venue, ESA/ESTEC, will be sent by E-mail. The Forum is open to an international audience, and will hence have the status of an international conference. This contact Forum is sponsored by the Dutch URSI committee.

Local Programme Committee:

Scientific Programme Committee:

  • Prof. A. Yarovoy, TUD
  • Prof. A. van Ardenne, ASTRON & Chalmers
  • Dr. M.J. Bentum, UT & ASTRON
  • Prof. E. Van Lil, K.U. Leuven
  • Prof. B. Nauwelaers, K.U. Leuven
  • Prof. E. Schweicher, ERM
  • Prof. P. Zwamborn, TNO & TU/e
  • Dr. A.P.M. van Deursen, TU/e
  • Prof. A. Tijhuis, TU/e

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    5. Call for interest on in-orbit validation of payloads hosted on-board Telecommunication satellites

    From: ESA Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA)

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is experiencing an ever-increasing interest in the in-orbit validation of new Telecommunication technologies and systems from the industrial community and Operators/Service providers. An efficient and cost effective vehicle for technology demonstrations as well as system and service pre-operational validation is represented by hosted/piggyback payloads in conjunction with larger missions.

    ESA is considering the possibility of further expanding its offer of in-orbit validation opportunities. Two opportunities have been identified:

    1. The dedicated satellite (EDRS-C) in the EDRS programme planned to be launched by late 2014, allowing for the embarkation of up to 140 kg and 1.5 kW into geostationary orbit (GEO).

    2. Up to 66 Hosted payloads of up to 50 kg and 50 W (200 W peak) each in the Iridium NEXT constellation in Low-Earth orbit (LEO). Launches start in 2015, with last launch in 2017 (background information is provided in the enclosure).

    Hosted payloads can, in general, range from 1-5 kg purely technological payloads for the validation of components/equipment to 100-150 kg more system-oriented payloads for the validation of larger equipment and innovative system concepts. Please note that specific mass constraints exist for the two opportunities described above.

    ESA would in general offer funding to cover part of the innovative payload development costs and of the payload hosting fees, provided support from one or several ESA Member States is obtained and on the basis of an associated cost/benefit assessment. A concrete programmatic framework exists for TDPs on EDRS, which would need to be established for Iridium and for additional opportunities on the basis of the responses received.

    At this stage ESA is calling for your expression of interest regarding payloads and/or associated systems for the two opportunities described above and further indications of interest in validating payloads with a similar scheme in future opportunities.

    Payloads for the two opportunities described above will have to be compatible on technical and schedule grounds with the EDRS or Iridium missions and shall indicate any financial requirements, support from ESA Member States, and impact of the in-orbit validation on European/Canadian Industry competitiveness.

    The selection of payloads for each of the different flight opportunities will be preceded by a tendering process. The final payload selection for the EDRS programme is planned to be completed by end November 2011. All declarations of interest will be treated confidentially.

    Should you be interested in this opportunity, please send your proposal, according to the format provided in the Annex, to this e-mail address by 29th April 2011. Upon request, a document with additional background / hosting satellites information will be provided to interested parties.

    Yours sincerely,

    Magali Vaissiere
    Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications

    The full letter and the annex can be found here.

    6. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS

    (From 21/02/2011 to 18/04/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.06)
    (From 22/02/2011 to 18/04/2011, Act.Ref.: 08.1EE.08)

    For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, see:


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    posting news of interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.