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SSA Space Weather Activities

The objective of the SSA programme is to support Europe's independent utilisation of, and access to, space through the provision of timely and accurate information regarding the space environment, and particularly regarding hazards to infrastructure in orbit and on the ground.

Europe already has a wealth of expertise and assets providing high-quality scientific observations, results and models as well as a number of space weather products to local customers.  ESA's SSA Space Weather (SWE) segment intends to build on this foundation and work toward a federated space-weather information-provision concept, avoiding duplication and ensuring that these existing assets and resources play a key role in Europe's new SSA system.

The SWE Segment focuses on owners/operators of satellites in space and infrastructure on the ground.  Space weather developments will enable end-users in a wide range of affected sectors to mitigate the effects of space weather on their systems, reducing costs and improving reliability.

SSA Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC)

The SSA Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC) is located at the Space Pole in Belgium.  SSCC provides the first European Space Weather Helpdesk, with operators available to answer questions about the SWE precursor service network or space weather conditions in general.  The SSCC coordinates the provision of Space Weather services available either at the SWE Data Centre or at federated sites.

The SSCC monitors the network and provides the first-level user support with the help of scientific experts gathered under the themes such as Solar Weather, Space Radiation, Ionospheric Weather, Geomagnetic Conditions and Heliospheric Weather.

ESA's Proba-2 mission
jointly supported by SSA

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Space Weather Coordination Centre

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SSA Space Weather Network Morphology (© ESA)

SWE Data Centre at Redu

The SWE Data Centre is located at the ESA station in Redu and is hosting this SSA SWE web portal and the following applications:

  • European Debris Impact Database (EDID)
  • Ionosphere Monitoring Facility (IONMON)
  • Space Environment Data System (SEDAT)
  • Space Environment Information System for Operations (SEISOP)
  • Space Environment Information System (SPENVIS)
  • Space Weather Data Browsing and Analsysis (SWE Data)
  • Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring (ISM)
  • Regional Aurora Forecast (RAF).

Expert Service Centres and Federated Network

A number of Expert Service Centres (ESCs) based on existing centres of expertise have been established at sites across Europe.  These centres each link a number of expert groups and focus on specific capabilities.  The network of ESCs currently include the following topics:

Kanzelhöhe Observatory
(University of Graz)
Member of the federated network