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Spacecraft Plasma Interactions Network in Europe (SPINE)

The objective of this network is to share resources and to co-ordinate efforts in all domains related to the interaction of Spacecraft with the space plasma. The creation of this network and its primary objectives have been decided during a Round Table held on 24-2-2000 at ESTEC. SPINE stands for Spacecraft Plasma Interactions Network in […]

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The community

The SPINE community is an open, peaceful and non-profits scientific and industrial community, dedicated to the study and the modelling of the interactions between space plasma and space systems, including spacecraft, payloads, scientific instruments, natural space objects. Spacecraft-plasma interactions include: spacecraft charging, in surface (i.e. surface charging) the computation of the electrostatic sheath structures and […]

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Publications and scientific communications

Developed tools and SPINE related activities have led to numerous scientific publications and communications.

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News and events

The SPINE community organises regularly meetings and events. SPINE meetings are open to all participants and, in most of the cases, without registration fee.

  • 29th SPINE Workshop announcement
    The 29th SPINE workshop will take place from November 30th until December 2th 2022, COVID restrictions permitting, as an in-person meeting, at IRF Kiruna premises in Sweden. The SPINE workshop is a European forum addressing all topics related to spacecraft […]
  • 16th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference
    The 16th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference has been rescheduled for April 4-8, 2022  and will take place virtually. Abstract Submission already is open until February 28. You can find more information on the official website of the conference: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/sctc2022/.
  • 28th SPINE Meeting
    The 28th SPINE meeting will take place on June 8th, 9th and 10th, as an online webex event. Details about how to connect will be sent the week before. A conference room will be accessible in ESTEC on June 8th and 9th (but […]

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SPIS, for Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Software, is a rich and advanced 3D modelling tool for the spacecraft-plasma interactions, able to model a large set of phenomenon relative to spacecraft charging. SPIS includes an advanced 3D electrostatic plasma solver based on a unstructured mesh and able to dynamically model detailed sheath structures around complex and realistic […]

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Other tools and data

  • PicUp3D is a simple, academic and experimental 3D structured plasma codes, for PIC model educational applications.
  • Freja Charging Database
  • Documentations and SCTC proceedings gathers a large set of scientific publications and documents related to the plasma-space systems interaction.