POLAR Telecon Agenda for
0. Upcoming Polar Telecon
2. MFE Data Processing Status
3. Senior Review Proposal
4. Resident Archives
0. Upcoming Polar Telecons
4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT
PIs and their designated representatives will be telephoned at their usual numbers.
Other participants may call in at: 1-888-810-3139, password POLAR TELECON
(Leader: John Sigwarth)
The web site for the final agenda will be:
Future Polar Telecons
Future Telecon Science Discussion Schedule
[Errors/omissions/preferences to: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2005: PIXIE
November 2005: SEPS
January 2006: UVI
February 2005: MDI
March 2006: CAMMICE
April 2006: PWI
June 2006: EFI
July 2006: TIMAS
August 2006: Hydra
September 2006: MFE
If you have any concerns about Polar operations, please contact Nicky Fox (email@example.com)
Fall eclipse season begins
In addition, PIXIE, SEPS and CAMMICE/MICS will remain powered off throughout the eclipse season as they are not operational.
Sun Angle Maneuver
next Polar maneuver is tentatively
At on Sunday, July 31 (DOY 212), the Polar GTM experienced an upset. This was the nineteenth upset overall since launch. The upset was identified prior to the real-time support that started at 1910 UTC on DSS-46 thanks to early data acquisition. The TIMAS, MFE, and HYDRA instruments were affected. TIDE telemetry appeared nominal, though an error flag was later reset. At 1907 UTC, the procedure was initiated with commands to recover the GTM. The commanding was completed at 2050 UTC. Commanding for instrument recovery was as follows:
UTC Instrument action
MFE ADC turned OFF
MFE ADC turned ON
MAG electronics turned OFF
MAG electronics turned ON
HYDRA write protect enabled
MFE flipper recovery
On August 1st the TIDE error flag was reset at .
Polar GTM Upset History:
GTM-1 Upset Events
GTM-2 Upset Events
2. MFE Data Processing Status
3. The 2006 Senior Review Proposal
The PI teams should have received a copy of the third draft of the science section from the proposal for comment.
WE ARE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO STAY ON SCHEDULE TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN DELIVER THE HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCT SO PLEASE RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR INPUT IN A TIMELY FASHION.
There are a number of holes in the document as it stands to date – these are detailed below. These action items must be completed by August 12th.
The next draft of the proposal will be the version sent to the Red Team so this is your last chance to submit comments prior to that. Please note the deadline of August 12th – this is a firm deadline and we will not be able to include material received after this date in the Red Team version as this needs to be sent out by August 16th.
The version presented to the Red Team will be typeset – this means that we need high resolution versions of any figures sent in by August 12th. If you are having difficulties finding high resolution figures, you must let us know immediately so that the printing schedule is not affected.
Everyone needs to review the future science sections and send comments firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com. The auroral acceleration region still needs figures!!!
2.1 Polar radiation belt science in the 2005-2006 interval: A return to the heart of the outer zone. Lead authors: Paul O’Brien & Bern Blake
Reviewers: Reiner Friedel; Martin Walt, Geoff Reeves
2.2 Microscale and macroscale physics of magnetic reconnection. Lead author: Karlheinz Trattner
Reviewers: Ted Fritz; Bill Peterson; Jack Scudder
2.3 Auroral acceleration region. Lead author: Chris Russell
Reviewers: Nelson Maynard; George Parks; Rob Pfaff
The section needs figures
Please take some time to read this section thoroughly and make sure that your team’s accomplishments are accurately reflected. The section still needs some editing but most of the material submitted should be included. Many thanks to the teams who have responded with their recent accomplishments.
CEPPAD and PIXIE are still outstanding
There is not enough material in the Great Storms sub-section. We need to show that Polar is playing its role in the S3C Great Observatory – the great storm studies are one of the most high profile ways to do this. What did we see during the Halloween storms for example?
Please try to add text directly into the document (switch on track changes or at least insert text in red) failing that, you may send paragraphs containing your team’s achievements to Nicky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also need to include information on how many other people use Polar data – how many SR&T, TR&T and GI grants use Polar data. Please also send that information to Nicky – so far only EFI and MDI have sent this material
Section 3: Technical and Budget
Draft 3 contains some portion of the technical and budget section, including a sub-section about the health of the instruments. Most teams have responded with updates to their instrument status but CEPPAD and PIXIE are still outstanding – please take a moment to email your status paragraphs to Nicky.
Section 4: Education and Public Outreach
The next draft will include the E/PO section. Please send in any E/PO activities carried out by your team members since the last Senior Review (2003). We only have information about the APL group so far.
Polar Senior Review Development Schedule:
May 6: Polar PI telecon
May 6-May 13: Skeleton Draft
May 13-20: writing assignments, formation of Red Team
23-27: AGU meeting in
June 1-24: Draft 1 (circulated 23rd), Polar PI Telecon 24th)
27-July 1: GEM meeting in
July 5-11: Draft 2 (circulated 11th, Polar PI Telecon 15th)
IAGA meeting in
July 15-August 5: Draft 3 (circulated August 4th, Polar PI Telecon 5th)
August 8-14: Draft 4
August 16: Draft 4 sent to Red Team
August 25: Red Team Review
August 26: Polar PI Telecon
August 27-September 5: Draft 5 (circulated 5th)
September 12-19: Draft 6 to PI team for last review/editing, Polar telecon (16th)
September 20-26: final formatting, proofing
September 27-30: Printing and delivery
4. Resident Archives
NASA/HQ has indicated that there may be a small amount of funding available for after the end of mission for the maintenance of Resident Archives of the data at the PI institutions. This would provide a small amount of money for maintaining the hardware that serves up data and a fraction of an FTE to keep the hardware working. In this round of senior reviews, this applies especially to Polar as it nears the end of its MODA life. Chuck Holmes will be asking for input from the Polar mission in the form of a short white paper. Please give this some thought over the next few weeks as I expect the turn around on the request to be quite short.
5. MFE Science Report