Latest Update: $Date: 2008/10/24 13:49:10 $ 
               $Author: tsiili $
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Change log is at the end of the document.

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 keyhole information is available
  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

* Apr 28-May 16 26m Keyhole 
* May 02-12     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. DSS-46 is planned to be decommissioned Aug 1,
  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. 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 addressed.

c) KNOWN submode (SM) dependent activities/submode changes:

* TOO           JOP153/MMOP003 Future Major Flare Watch (SM5 if SUMER
                observes target, SM6 otherwise)
* 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.

--> #SUMER: changes, comments?

d) Instrument maintenance activities

  EIT bake-out periods will be during keyholes. Dates of the next bake-out
  (Nov 2008 keyhole) remain TBD.

e) Others

  TRACE eclipse season began on 13 Sep 2008.

  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. FOT is currently
  testing a software anomaly detection system, which will pause NRT only
  when needed instead of the current regular pauses. This detection system
  is expected to become operational on week starting Oct 20, 2008.

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.

* Oct 16, 23   EIT shutterless #33, EIT/CDS/MDI/TRACE/STEREO,
                  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.

  MDI has supported segment 1 with HR observations and segment 2 with FD

--> #STEREO: changes, comments?

* 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.

* 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.

* Apr           2-week SUMER Campaign, TBC

  Timing remains TBC, since negotiations with Hinode Chief Observers have
  not been finished yet. SUMER also inquires about any flexibility on the
  dates of shutterless #35.

  CDS requests to be included on the mailings concerning these forthcoming

* Apr TBD       JOP 210 Checking the possible drives of solar wind origin 
                  in the coronal hole,
                  SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/Hinode-XRT (all TBC),
                  POC: Hui Tian. 
                  Timing TBD.

* Apr TBD       JOP 211 How does the solar wind originate from the 
                  quiet-Sun region,
                  SUMER/Hinode-EIS/Hinode-SOT/Hinode-XRT (all TBC),
                  POC: Hui Tian.
                  Timing TBD.

* Apr TBD       JOP 212 Connection between UV explosive event and 
                  magnetic cancellation,
                  POC: Hui Tian.
                  Timing TBD.

* Apr TBD       JOP 214 Quiescent prominence structure and dynamics with Hinode and 
                  La Palma, 
                  POC: Tom Berger

  TRACE has not received any requests from JOP 214.

--> #SUMER, #Hinode-EIS, #Hinode-SOT, #Hinode-XRT: changes, comments?
--> #STEREO, #DOT, #SST: changes, comments?

b) Intercalibration activities

  Last ICAL was: Oct 09

  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.

* Nov 3-7       ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)

  EIT suggests ICAL001 for: 

  Tuesday 2008/11/04 13:55:00 - 2008/11/04 22:50:00 PASS D27
  ICAL001 start time of 15:00 UT

  The ICAL cannot be run on the Thursday (2008/11/06) due to bad DSN
  coverage.  If we can't run it on the Tuesday shown above we may have to
  drop the November ical due to the Nov 2008 keyhole.

  No conflicting STEREO activities during the proposed ICAL time.

* Dec 1-5       ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)

* Jan 5-9       ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)

* Jan 26-30     ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)
                  NOTE: 26-m keyhole begins on Jan 26 and 34-m keyhole
                  begins on Feb 1. ICAL might still be possible during this

* Mar 2-6       ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(TBD)

* Apr 6-10      ICAL01 (#7113), CDS/EIT/STEREO/Hinode-EIS(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

  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-EIT 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

  CDS ok. If Hinode-EIS can suggest convenient date & time, CDS can usually

--> #STEREO, #Hinode-EIS: changes, comments?

c) Individual instrument plans


  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 Nov
  23, 2008.


  For weekly plans, see the SOHO calendar and the UVCS planning page:


  For details see http://solar.bnsc.rl.ac.uk/scientificops/request.shtml.


  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.


  See section 2a for details.

  There are tentative plans for another SUMER-Hinode campaign in April
  2009. To be coordinated with Hinode instrument teams.

--> #SUMER: changes, comments?


  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.

  Nov 21
  Dec 19
  Jan 23
  Feb 20
  Mar 27
  Apr 24

  CDS:       No comment
  MDI:       No comment
  EIT/LASCO: 21 Nov OK

--> #ALL: changes, comments?

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

* 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

* 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

* 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

* SOHO calendar email notifications: no change, see URL

$Log: agenda.txt,v $
Revision 1.9  2008/10/24 13:49:10  tsiili
Added SUMER comments by Curdt.

Revision 1.8  2008/10/23 21:58:04  tsiili
Added comment on STEREO activities during the proposed Nov 2008 ICAL.

Revision 1.7  2008/10/23 21:52:30  tsiili
Added TRACE comments by Myers.

Revision 1.6  2008/10/23 21:15:18  tsiili
Added EIT/LASCO comments by Schenk.

Revision 1.5  2008/10/23 20:16:06  tsiili
Added MDI comments by Gregory.

Revision 1.4  2008/10/23 19:40:38  tsiili
Added CDS comments by Fludra.

Revision 1.3  2008/10/16 19:47:50  tsiili
Added comment tags.

Revision 1.2  2008/10/16 19:17:45  tsiili
Released draft.

Revision  2008/10/15 15:38:46  tsiili
Importing draft for SPWG meeting on 20081024