The ESA Virtual Space Weather Modelling Centre – Part 2

May 18, 2016, 2:45 PM
8h 15m



Stefaan POEDTS (KU Leuven)


The goal of the ESA ITT project AO-1-8384-15-1-NB VSWMC-Part 2 is to further develop the Virtual Space Weather Modelling Centre (VSWMC), building on the Phase 1 prototype system and focusing on the interaction with the ESA SSA SWE system. The objective and scopes of this project include:

The efficient integration of new models and new model couplings, including a first demonstration of an end-to-end simulation capability.
The further development and wider use of the coupling toolkit and the front-end GUI which will be designed to be accessible via the SWE Portal.
Availability of more accessible input and output data on the system and development of integrated visualization tool modules.

The consortium that took up this challenge involves: 1) the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Prime Contractor, coordinator: Prof. S. Poedts); 2) the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB); 3) the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB); 4) the Von Karman Institute (VKI); 5) DH Consultancy (DHC); 6) Space Applications Services (SAS); 7) British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The VSWMC-Part 2 project started on 17 February 2016, and spans a period of two years. At the time of the COSPAR meeting, Part 2A will be almost finished. Therefore, the updated architectural design of the full VSWMC system will be ready, . Furthermore, the detailed design of the Part 2 prototype, based on the to-be-performed requirements analysis, will be almost ready. It will thus be more clear what models and model couplings the Part 2 VSWMC will comprise. The VSWMC system is being developed under ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme and is intended to become an operational system as part of the ESA SSA SWE system

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Stefaan POEDTS (KU Leuven)

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