FINAL MINUTES FOR SOHO 26 Sep 2008 SPWG MEETING
1. Boundary conditions
a) Orbit, attitude and manoeuvres - SOHO is right side up (0 degrees). - manoeuvres To the degree possible, manoeuvres take place during the last days of 34-m keyholes. Currently proposed or set manoeuvre dates are: Nov 18 (TBC) station-keeping, momentum management, roll b) Communications with the spacecraft Graphical DSN schedule: http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/dsn/ Keyhole dates for the next 6 months (All available keyhole information is at or via http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/keyholes.html): * Nov 05-22 26m Keyhole * Nov 09-18 34m Keyhole * Jan 25-Feb 21 26m Keyhole * Feb 1-14 34m Keyhole - DSN D45 and D65 (34-m) antennae are now uplink capable and have been successfully used. - End-of-pass handling during MDI continuous contact periods To avoid problems with transmitter masks at the end of passes during MDI continuous, DSN has requested we bring the carrier down 30 min before the end of pass. As a result, the last 30 min of all MDI continuous contacts will be TM only. For ranging passes, the spacecraft will be transitioned to record ~1 h before the end of the pass. The station will drop the carrier and re-sweep into receiver 2. The spacecraft will then be transitioned back to VC2 and VC3. c) KNOWN submode (SM) dependent activities/submode changes: * TOO JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (SM5 if SUMER observes target, SM6 otherwise) * Sep 20-Oct 4 SUMER Mini-Campaign, (SM5 from Sep 18-Oct 6) * Oct 16,28 EIT Shutterless #33 (SM6) * Jan 15,22 EIT Shutterless #34 (SM6) * Apr 16,23 EIT Shutterless #35 (SM6) * Apr 2-week SUMER campaign (TBD; SM5) SUMER campaign dates may overlap with keyholes. Such overlaps shall be scheduled only if periods of no SUMER data between passes are acceptable. Potential conflict between the EIT shutterless #35 and the planned Apr 2009 SUMER campaign. Except for Major Flare Watches, TRACE will be doing full disk mosaics if/when EIT is not able to do synoptic sets due to keyhole operations. d) Instrument maintenance activities EIT bake-out periods will be during keyholes. Dates of the next bake-out remain TBD. e) Others TRACE' next eclipse season began on 13 Sep 2008. Daytime passes have been automated but attended since 16 Jun. Unattended daytime automation is scheduled to begin begin 1 October. Since weekend daytime passes will be automated and unattended, NRT will be interrupted in the same way as the nighttime passes are for resets of software anomalies. NRT schedule for all automated passes can be found at http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/nighttime_nrt.txt.
2. Priorities for the coming month and more
a) Joint observing plans and campaigns Continuing campaigns: * 2002/02/25-- JOP136 Default RHESSI Collaborations (#6850), POC: Tero Siili * 2003/05/13-- Default CDS Co-observations with TRACE (#6950) * 2005/09/20-- JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (#8008) * 2007/03/20-- Default CDS/Hinode-EIS co-observations (#7200) Campaign #6850 is for "individual instrument studies" selecting an active region target [partially] influenced by the Max Millennium target selection to maximise chances of serendipitous co-observations. EIT supports all with half/full-res 195 A CME watch in submode 5/6. It is clear that STEREO-EUVI provides adequate "context" information for RHESSI flare observations. Routine EIT submode and resolution switches are probably no longer needed. * Sep 20-Oct 4 SUMER Mini-Campaign, SUMER/Hinode-EIS Submode change 6->5 13:30 UT on Thu Sep 18. SUMER power-up and configurations take place on Fri Sep 19 and observations may begin already on Sat Sep 20 (TBC). SUMER door-closing and power-down are proposed to take place on Oct 6, followed by submode change 5->6 also on Oct 6 (TBC). Planned observations (status as of September 16) are listed below separately. * Sep 20-Oct 4 Polar Coronal Hole Observation (#7284), SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT POC: Harra, Alan Gabriel, Werner Curdt * Sep 20-Oct 4 Slope of the Lyman Continuum (#7285), SUMER/MDI, POC: Werner Curdt * Sep 20-Oct 4 Magnetic Field in a PCH/HOP81 (#7286), SUMER/Hinode, POC: Shimojo, Werner Curdt * Sep 20-Oct 4 Quiescent and Eruptive Prominences (#7287), SUMER/UVCS/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT, POC: Susanna Parenti, Jean-Claude Vial * Sep 20-Oct 4 Prominences (modified HOP73) (#7288), SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/ Hinode-XRT/STEREO/TRACE/SST/DOT, POC: Tom Berger, Susanna Parenti (TBC) * Sep 20-Oct 4 Polar Plumes (#7289), EIT/SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO-EUVI/TRACE, POC: Klaus Wilhelm, Luca Teriaca, Gulio del Zanna * Sep 20-Oct 4 Ly-alpha / Ly-beta Photon Ratio (#7290), SUMER/MDI, POC: Werner Curdt * Sep 20-Oct 4 Quiet Sun Network Evolution (#7291), MDI/SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT, POC: Davina Innes MDI high-resolution observations requested in support of these observations (timing and details TBD, MDI intends to do high-rate observations during the Sep 24-28 continuous contact period). CDS will participate in most of these studies. Request that the (new) CDS planner e-mail address be added to the relevant mailing lists to receive pointing information. * Sep 26-29 MDI Continuous Contact Note "End-of-pass handling during MDI continuous contact periods" in section 1b. MDI will do high resolution observations at disk center Sep 26-27 05:00 UT and will then switch to full disk observations Sep 27 05:30 UT - Sep 29 08:30 UT. Observables will be high resolution magnetograms, dopplergrams and filtergrams and then Full Disk Magnetograms and Dopplergrams at 1-min cadence. The FD observations will support a joint MDI-Hinode-SOT FD Helioseismology study. * Oct 6-20 JOP 189 Physical mechanisms driving solar microflares and network dynamic fibrils, CDS/EIT/MDI/Hinode/TRACE (all TBC) POC: Jan Rybak, Peter Gomory MDI will support JOP189 as much as DSN contacts allow. MDI's preferred time for the supports is the 5-day continuous contact period on Oct 16-20. MDI also prefers to support in only one mode (full-disk or high-rate). NOTE: MDI will set aside Oct 6, 7, 11 and 13 specifically for full-disk helioseismology studies with Hinode-SOT. These plans are not concrete yet, but people should be aware that MDI might be in full-disk mode instead of high-rate mode on any of these days. EIT will support in 195 A channel at synoptic cadence unless otherwise notified. CDS will support. * Oct 16-19 MDI Continuous Contact Note "End-of-pass handling during MDI continuous contact periods" in section 1b. DSN schedule for this continuous contact period and for October has been confirmed. MDI may do high resolution observations for Helioseismology. Observables will be high resolution magnetograms, dopplergrams and filtergrams at 1-min cadence. FOV is TBD. This 5-day continuous contact might be used for a JOP189 and/or high-rate helioseismology collaboration, details and observing sequence TBD. MDI will support JOP189 but if Hinode-SOT is available for a full-disk helioseismology run (or a high-resolution run depending on requests from Stanford Helioseismologists), MDI may commit to them instead during the dates listed above in previous comment. * Oct 16, 23 EIT shutterless #33, POC: Susanna Parenti Thursday October 16 2008: DSS-27 13:00-19:40 UT, runtime 15:00-17:50 UT. Request to move SOHO SVM to 12:00 UT. Thursday October 23 2008: DSS-27 13:00-22:05 UT, runtime 15:00-17:50 UT. Request to move SOHO SVM to 12:00 UT. * Oct 26 Daylight Savings Time ends in European Union at 01 UT * Nov 2 Daylight Savings Time ends in the USA, change in GSFC at 06 UT * Dec 10-14 MDI Continuous Contact Note "End-of-pass handling during MDI continuous contact periods" in section 1b. Standard full disk, 1-min cadence magnetograms and dopplergrams. May do high-resolution helioseismology, particularly if we do not have a 5-day continuous contact in October and there is sufficient interest in MDI doing HR observations (or something really interesting in the MDI HRFOV). * Jan 15, 22 EIT shutterless #34, POC: Susanna Parenti DSN passes (and hence exact times) still TBC. * Apr 16, 23 EIT shutterless #35, POC: Susanna Parenti DSN passes (and hence exact times) still TBC. * Jan-Apr (TBD) JOP 214 Quiescent prominence structure and dynamics with Hinode and La Palma, SUMER/UVCS/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/Hinode-XRT/DOT/SST, TBC. POC: Tom Berger There are tentative plans for another SUMER campaign in April 2009, where JOP 214 could be accomodated. b) Intercalibration activities Last ICAL was: Sep 11 ICALs are normally performed monthly. Below is a SOC proposal for ICAL weeks for the next six months. * Oct 6-10 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO EIT proposes ICAL001 for Oct 9 14:00 UT start time. 2008/10/09 12:55-17:20 UT pass * Nov 3-7 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO * Dec 1-5 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO * Jan 5-9 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO * Jan 26-30 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO NOTE: 26-m keyhole begins on Jan 26 and 34-m keyhole begins on Feb 1. ICAL might still be possible during this period. * Mar 2-6 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/STEREO Proposed compiled ICAL scheduling criteria, constraints and guidelines (see also campaign #7113): 1) EIT/CDS are the primary participating instruments 2) CDS: Hinode-EIS participation is extremely important and participation is to be attempted within the limitations of the constrained Hinode operations (see "FYI items" in section 3). Hinode-SOT has also expressed interest in participating. Due to Hinode planning cycle ICALs need to be planned more in advance than has been the norm. 3) STEREO-EUVI observations are included when possible. ICALs are attempted to be scheduled not to coincide with STEREO manoeuvres or other interruptions in observations (see http://stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/plans.shtml). 4) EIT: ICALs OK at all other times except the weeks of shutterless 5) Dates, details and confirmation will be determined by the planners with support from the SOHO SOCs. CDS ok. If Hinode-EIS can suggest convenient date & time, CDS can usually accommodate. c) Individual instrument plans MDI: See section 2a for MDI continuous contact periods. MDI may reduce the ALT cadence during Keyholes to be less than 15 ALT magnetograms per day if the lack of high rate telemetry is such that we will lose all or almost all of the 15 ALT Magnetograms each day. The ALT cadence will be decided on an individual Keyhole basis and even a daily basis during each Keyhole depending on the 70 m antenna availability at the time. MDI may also down-link select magnetograms in the 5 kbps telemetry if no 70 m passes are available at least every 2 days for Mag dump in the 160 kbps telemetry. All requests for MDI support need to be made several months ahead of time and sent to mdi-ops(at)mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov. Even outside keyholes, MDI can only do 1-minute cadence observations when we have contact and there is no recorder dump in progress. MDI's REQUEST page is at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/coordination.txt NOTE: Listing of a study on that page means *only* that a request has been received, not that it will necessarily be supported. A description of MDI Observing Modes most used for JOPs and campaigns (FD vs. HR) can be found at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/Collaborate. Anyone requesting MDI observations is encouraged to read this page in order to have a better idea of what observing modes would be best suited for a particular study. More detailed information about how MDI operates, observational constraints and telemetry information can be found at http://mdisas.nascom.nasa.gov/MDI_Collaboration_Details. MDI is currently in Focus 4, best focus for high-resolution observing. MDI will switch back to Focus 5 (best focus for full-disk observing) sometime just before the November 2008 Keyhole. UVCS: For weekly plans, see the SOHO calendar and the UVCS planning page: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/uvcs/observations/obst.html. CDS: For details see http://solar.bnsc.rl.ac.uk/scientificops/request.shtml. EIT/LASCO: EIT: 195 A CME watch plus synoptics at 6-hour cadence, as usual. Full-res CME watch whenever we're in submode 6. Hope never to change until the Bogart mission. SUMER: See section 2a for details. There are tentative plans for another SUMER-Hinode campaign in April 2009. To be coordinated with Hinode instrument teams. TRACE: NOTE that TRACE in general reserves the right to withdraw support from agreed, existing collaborations if a sufficiently "good active region" is called by the Max Millennium group. For TRACE summer eclipse season see section 1e.
3. Any other business
* Tentative SPWG meeting times for next six months (only the next one will be decided in this meeting). Meetings take place as a baseline on Fridays after the daily and weekly meetings. Oct 24 Nov 21 Dec 19 Jan 23 Feb 20 Mar 27 The rest are FYI items: * In the future SOHO's DSN contacts will grow shorter as we lose 26-m antenna support and other, new missions get higher priority. The instrument teams are therefore requested to look at the NRT commanding that is done (especially for emergencies and recoveries) and see what can be converted into TSTOLs that the FOT can run (even without explicit instrument or SOC direction). * MDI high-rate support requests: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html * DSN support requests: preferably at least 6 months in advance. Keep this in mind for: ground-based collaborations that require MDI support, stellar/shutterless observations that require NRT, etc. * Future Mercury and Venus transits: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html * Hinode operational and planning information and guidelines: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html and http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/JOPs/jop-submit.html * STEREO operational and planning information: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html * The SOHO JOP/ICAL database and the web pages are now the Solar JOP/ICAL database and web pages. This is due to anticipated increased contributions by and collaborations as well as intercalibrations with STEREO and Hinode. * New JOP vs. modified existing JOP rules-of-thumb: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html * SOHO calendar email notifications: no change, see URL http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SPWG/spwg-20080118.html