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The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI)
« on: 02/27/2018 08:31 pm »
NASA Joins International Science Team in Exploring Auroral Cusp from Norway
Feb. 27, 2018

Article: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-joins-international-science-team-in-exploring-auroral-cusp-from-norway

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The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) – Cusp is a series of international sounding rocket missions planned for launch in 2018-2019. Together, the rockets provide unprecedented coordinated studies of near-Earth space at the polar regions. In addition to helping us understand the fundamental processes of our neighborhood in space, such knowledge is needed for safe navigation and communication near the poles, where solar activity can disrupt radio signals.

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Eight missions with 11 rockets will launch from two sites in Norway — Andøya Space Center and Svalbard Rocket Range. The first mission — a NASA mission called the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment, or AZURE — launches in March 2018.

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In addition to AZURE, VISIONS-2 and ICI-5, other NASA Grand Challenge missions are the Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics or TRICE-2 (led by the University of Iowa, launching December 2018), The Cusp Alfven and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket or CAPER-2 (led by Dartmouth University, launching January 2019), and the Cusp-Region Experiment or C-REX 2 (led by the University of Alaska, launching November 2019), which also includes three Canadian instruments from the University of Calgary (also flying on VISIONS-2).

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will fly the SS-520-3 in January 2019, which investigates the ion outflow mechanism in the cusp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFADp0gOiFM?t=001



« Last Edit: 02/27/2018 08:33 pm by catdlr »
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Re: The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI)
« Reply #1 on: 10/21/2021 01:59 am »
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will fly the SS-520-3 in January 2019, which investigates the ion outflow mechanism in the cusp.

The long-overdue SS-520-3 mission will finally launch on November 3, 2021, 05:00 - 09:00 UTC:

Launch experiment of the SS-520-3 sounding rocket

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October 6, 2021 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will conduct the launch experiment of the SS-520-3 sounding rocket in cooperation with Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA) as follows.

1. Experiment period
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (including the preliminary period)

2. Experiment location
Andøya Space Center, Svalbard Rocket Range (Norway)

3. Launch vehicle
SS-520-3

4. Scheduled experiment date and time
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:00 - 10:00 AM (Central European Time, CET)
                                               2:00 - 6:00 PM (Japan Standard Time, JST)

5. Experiment summary
The purpose of this launch experiment is to elucidate the plasma outflow phenomena in the cusp region. The sounding rocket SS-520-3 will carry the equipment for observing electrons, ion, and electromagnetic fields and be launched to the cusp area. The radar and the aurora imaging cameras will also be used for the observation on the ground.
This launch campaign is one of the nine missions planned and carried out by the Grand Challenge Initiative Cusp (GCI), an international joint observation project investigating the geomagnetic cusp region of the ionosphere.

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Re: The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI)
« Reply #2 on: 11/04/2021 07:59 pm »
SS-520-3 launch delayed due to bad weather:

https://twitter.com/ISAS_JAXA/status/1456124048123985923

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Re: The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI)
« Reply #3 on: 11/05/2021 04:04 am »
SS-520-3 launch delayed due to bad weather:

It launched on 4 November.

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2021/11/20211105-1_e.html

"Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the SS-520-3 Sounding Rocket aimed at "research of the plasma outflow phenomena in the cusp region" from Andøya Space Center, Svalbard Rocket Range (Norway) on Thursday Nov. 4."
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Re: The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI)
« Reply #4 on: 12/01/2021 02:46 pm »
The last launch of the GCI Cusp (CREX-2 mission) took off today at 09:25 UTC from Andøya with an Oriole IV sounding rocket and reached an apogee of 634 km:

https://www.andoyaspace.no/articles/crex-2-successfully-launched

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