FINAL MINUTES FOR SOHO 24 Jul 2009 SPWG MEETING
1. Boundary conditions
a) Orbit, attitude and manoeuvres - SOHO is upside down (180 degrees). - manoeuvres To the degree possible, manoeuvres take place during the last days of 34-m keyholes. Currently proposed or set manoeuvre dates are: Aug 11 (TBC) station-keeping and momentum management NOTE: due to maneuvers performed or planned in conjunction with the Emergency Sun Reacquisition (ESR) recovery (momentum management on Jul 14 and station-keeping on Jul 19) the maneuvers planned for Aug 11 are expected to either be very small or one or both may be cancelled entirely. Aug 13 (TBC) roll (to approximately 0 degrees) Nov 6 or 9 (TBC) station-keeping, momentum management and roll (to approximately 180 degrees) Feb 2 (TBC) station-keeping and momentum management Feb 5 (TBC) roll (to approximately 0 degrees) b) Communications with the spacecraft Graphical DSN schedule: http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/dsn/ Keyhole dates for the next 6 months (All keyhole information is available at or via http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/keyholes.html): * Jul 22-Aug 20 26m Keyhole * Jul 29-Aug 13 34m Keyhole * Oct 27-Nov 13 26m Keyhole * Oct 31-Nov 9 34m Keyhole * Jan 16-Feb 12 26m Keyhole * Jan 23-Feb 5 34m Keyhole - 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. - DSN 26 m antenna decommissioning and the keyholes DSN is in the process of decommissioning its 26 m antennae --- the only one left is DSS-46. D46 passes can no longer be scheduled to after Aug 3, 2009. Since the current high-gain antenna (HGA) position along the unmoved axis has been optimized for 26 m antennas, the spacecraft team is investigating moving the HGA to a position optimized for 34 m antennae (including D27 as a special case). Such a change would shorten or remove the keyholes, but DSN resource allocation issues and possible impacts on MDI and MDI/SDO-HMI cross-calibration period need to be addressed. For analyses and details see the minutes of Science Working Team meeting number 40 (available at http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/operations/SWT/Minutes/swt40.pdf, pages 38--41). c) KNOWN submode (SM) dependent activities/submode changes: * TOO JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (SM5 if SUMER observes target, SM6 otherwise) * Oct 8, 15 EIT shutterless #37 (time TBC) * Jan 7, 15 EIT shutterless #38 (time TBC) SUMER campaign dates may overlap with keyholes. Such overlaps shall be scheduled only if periods of no SUMER data between passes are acceptable. 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 bakeouts will take place during keyholes. EIT Bakeout schedule for Keyhole #26 is below: 2009/08/04 DSS-24 16:50-20:50 UT, CCD bake begins 20:00 UT 2009/08/12 DSS-34 01:45-05:15 UT, bake ends from plan 2009/08/12 DSS-15/27 13:50-16:50 UT, EIT observations resume 16:00 UT 2009/08/13 DSS-43/34 01:15-04:15 UT, backup recovery pass e) Spacecraft maintenance activities Since the FOT staffing (and hence the FOT's resources to implement changes quickly) will decrease towards the end of this calendar year, all instrument teams are reminded to review not only thermal, but also other limits as well as TSTOL procedures and scripts for possible changes. The available power from the solar arrays is decreasing. Currently we still have sufficient margin, but in the future the decrease per year (now ca. 1 A) may increase to 3 A per year. We have to be prepared to reduce our power needs as much as possible. On the spacecraft side several adjustments have already been made and there is not much more that can be done. Therefore we are asking the instrument teams, especially the 'big' power consumers LASCO/EIT, CDS, UVCS and SUMER, to start looking into ways of reducing their power consumption (e.g. different operating modes, heater reductions, ...). Hopefully we will not have to use this reduced power mode very soon, but it is better to be prepared in case a power reduction is needed. More details coming later. f) Others TRACE eclipse season began on 13 Sep 2008 and will be ongoing, except for the following predicted non-eclipse period in 2009: Jul 28 -- Sep 9 TRACE' Sep 30 - early Dec hibernation period has been cancelled. The entries to this period have been removed from section 2 below. Daytime weekday passes of Mon-Wed are currently automated but attended. Thu-Fri passes remain crewed for training and proficiency reasons. Date of transition to unattended daytime automation remains TBD. NRT during automated passes (both weekend and weekday) is currently paused (briefly) regularly for resets of software anomalies. NRT schedule (which includes the pauses) for all automated passes can be found at http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/nighttime_nrt.txt. A (MDI) jitter test completed successfully on July 20. Data analysis will be done and another test may be scheduled in October or whenever it is requested by the SOHO ESA engineers. The timing will be coordinated around the MDI science roll and the Themis campaign. New intermittent recording patch subsets needed during the Bogart mission phase will need to be tested on-board, which results in MDI data gaps. The testing is suggested to be made after Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been launched successfully.
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. * Mar 16 - Sep LASCO C2pB for Tomography Reconstruction, POC: Angelos Vourlidas, Richard Frazin * Mar 27- JOP 222 (ToO) Detecting the Origin of Shock-Accelerated Solar Energetic Particles, LASCO/STEREO-SECCHI POC: Angelos Vourlidas LASCO is ready to run the JOP, awaiting a target. * May 17-Jul 21 MDI 60-day continuous contact The 2009 60 day CC is complete (as of 20 July 2009, 07:35UT). Please take a look at the following high rate data coverage plots to see data continuity for May through July: http://soi.stanford.edu/production/coverage/may_2009.html http://soi.stanford.edu/production/coverage/june_2009.html http://soi.stanford.edu/production/coverage/july_2009.html MDI supported the SUNRISE balloon flight successfully, though communication about what has going on with the balloon and required observations from MDI were very, very limited. * Jul 20 Jitter test, MDI See section 1f. * Sep 23-Oct 10 Coordinated campaign with THEMIS, CDS/EIT/MDI/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT (TBC), POC: Brigitte Schmieder Coordinated observations between SOHO instruments during observations at the THEMIS vector magnetograph are proposed. JOPs 157 and 178 are the proposed observing programs, but the descriptions will need to be updated. At least CDS, EIT and SUMER are mentioned in the current JOP descriptions. Timing remains TBC. MDI has been in touch with the POC re: supporting with full-disk observations. Full-disk magnetograms seem to be sufficient, but it may be possible after Sep 30 to do High Resolution observations if the JOP's require MDI to do so. MDI will support this campaign. There is a request to do Helioseismology with Hinode at the beginning of Sep. Most of Sep is reserved to do full disk Helioseismology, but MDI needs to have 3 periods of 16 h of uninterrupted MDI high rate data. The preferred dates are Sep 3-11, but they need not be contiguous. Request for the high rate periods has been submitted to the DSN scheduler. See also the MDI Continuous Contact entry below. CDS will support. * Sep 25-27 MDI Continuous Contact, MDI * Sep 27-Oct 25 JOP 224 Solar Tomography with Minimal Solar Rotation, LASCO/STEREO-SECCHI/MLSO-MK4, POC: Russ Hewett Proposed STEREO-SOHO co-observations. A unique configuration of the three spacecraft is utilized and dictates the timing, but details and timing remain TBC. The optimal configuration occurs on 11 Oct. Draft description can be found at http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/JOPs/jop224.pdf. * Oct 8 (TBD) EIT shutterless #37 run 1, POC: Susanna Parenti * Oct 15 (TBD) EIT shutterless #37 run 2, POC: Susanna Parenti * Oct 26 (TBD) MDI science roll, MDI/CDS/SUMER (TBC) A 360-degree roll with multiple stops and observations is being planned and Oct 26 seems to be a good candidate date. The timing remains TBD, however (and can in principle also be during the keyhole). DSN 70-m support will be needed. The duration of the maneuver is TBD, but is expected to be of the order of 6-12 h and does not have to performed on a single day. The Earth-SOHO distance, DSN availability (including keyhole) and the proposed JOP 224 are among the timing constraints. Information on a similar earlier maneuver can be found at http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/timeline_roll2001 and http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/soc/timeline_roll2001.detailed. The details (such as number of stops and dwell times) will most likely be different this time. Other instruments are invited to take advantage of this maneuver. CDS will use the multiple stops during the roll to verify the instrument point spread function. SUMER would like to participate (although 26 - 28 Oct will be difficult for manpower reasons). * Jan 7 (TBD) EIT shutterless #38 run 1, POC: Susanna Parenti * Jan 15 (TBD) EIT shutterless #38 run 2, POC: Susanna Parenti b) Intercalibration activities Last ICAL was: June 25 ICALs are normally performed monthly. Below is a SOC proposal for ICAL weeks for the next six months. Baseline will be to schedule it for Thursday during contact. * Jul 28 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) Start time proposed by LASCO: 17 UT. * Aug 17-21 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) NOTE: the Aug 2009 keyhole ends on 20 Aug 2009, hence this run should be possible during the proposed time, but may also be postponed to the following week. * Sep 14-18 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) * Oct 12-16 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) * Nov 16-20 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) * Dec 14-18 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) * Jan 11-15 ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)/Hinode-SOT(TBD) Proposed compiled ICAL scheduling criteria, constraints and guidelines (see also campaign #7113): 1) EIT/CDS are the primary participating instruments 2) 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). 3) EIT: ICALs OK at all other times except the weeks of shutterless 4) Dates, details and confirmation will be determined by the planners with support from the SOHO SOCs. 5) Neither Hinode-SOT nor Hinode-XRT have current interest in participating in ICALs. Hinode-EIS will from time-to-time perform its sensitivity calibration exercise, but has no need to perform this regularly as part of the SOHO ICAL. When it is convenient for Hinode-EIS (given Hinode's constraints), SOHO will be informed ahead of time of when the sensitivity calibration is to be performed. It will then be up to SOHO whether to follow Hinode-EIS' pointing and timing. 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 has switched to Focus 5 (best focus for full-disk observing) on Oct 23, 2008. MDI will do Full Disk Velocity observations for March and September 2009. These FD Velocity observations are reserved specifically to collaborate with Hinode-SOT. MDI also reserves the March (28-30) continuous contact for FD Helioseimology studies with Hinode-SOT. A 360-degree roll with multiple stops and observations is being planned --- see October entries of section 2a above. A jitter test was done on Jul 20. See also section 1f. 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. Lasco safing proposal for Keyhole #26 SOHO maneuvers/roll: 2009/08/11 14:30 UT - 2009/08/13 20:00 UT following roll to north. SUMER: SUMER would like to participate in the roll manoeuvre (see also section 2a). We need a couple of days to investigate the status of the remaining detector. Suggested dates: after 13 Nov (or in conjunction with the roll manoeuvre). SUMER has plans for another campaign after SDO commissioning. Dates are still TBD. 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 1f.
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. Aug 21 Sep 25 Oct 30 Nov 20 Dec 18 Jan 29 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