New Model Predicting Space Weather

Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the magazine of the American Geophysical Union, has recently highlighted space weather research, An improved empirical model of electron and ion fluxes at geosynchronous orbit based in upstream solar wind conditions by Denton et al.  This work is a collaboration among the NMC, LANL, the University of Iowa, and SES Engineering. 

This study presents a new model that predicts electron and ion fluxes an hour ahead of time which gives satellite operators time to protect their instruments. The earth is surrounded by many different satellites that remain in geosynchonous orbit. This means that as the earth rotates, the satellites remain at the same geographic spot above earth. Electrons and ions that come into contact with these satellites cause damage over time.

This new model will help scientists to better understand the conditions at geosynchronous orbit and this will help in the design and engineering of instruments that can better withstand these effects.

To read the article in EOS, Predicting Space Weather, Protecting Satellites, click here.

To read the Denton et al. publication, An improved empirical model of electron and ion fluxes at geosynchronous orbit based in upstream solar wind conditions, click here.

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