Services for Space Mission Support Within The ESA Space Situational Awareness Space Weather Service Network
- *Corresponding Author:
- Donder ED
Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
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Received date: September 01, 2016; Accepted date: January 02, 2017; Published date: January 05, 2017
Citation: Donder ED, Crosby N, Kruglanski M, Andries J, Devos A, et al. (2017) Services for Space Mission Support Within The ESA Space Situational Awareness Space Weather Service Network. J Aeronaut Aerospace Eng 6:180. doi:10.4172/2168-9792.1000180
Copyright: © 2017 Donder ED, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Spacecraft operations are by nature complex and every satellite's operational environment poses a range of potential risks, often a unique combination for a given orbit. The implications of interruptions of operations, data transfer and service provision, are serious, both in terms of cost and capability, thus it is imperative to mitigate against all operational risks to the fullest extent possible. In the frame of its Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, the European Space Agency (ESA) is establishing a Space Weather Service Network to support end-users, in a wide range of affected sectors, in mitigating the effects of space weather on their systems, reducing costs and improving reliability. This service network is currently in a test and validation phase and encourages user engagement and feedback. The network is organised around five Expert Service Centres (ESCs) focusing on Solar Weather, Heliospheric Weather, Space Radiation Environment, Ionospheric Weather and Geomagnetic Conditions. Each ESC is connecting different expert groups, federating their space weather products, and ensuring the quality and consistency of the provided information. The service network also includes a central Data Centre and the SSA Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC). In this presentation we give an overview of the current status of the network (https://swe.ssa.esa.int/), the targeted end-user groups and Expert Service Centres with a focus on the space community.