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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.

  • The new SPINE website is open
    Welcome to the new SPINE website. The previous website is no longer available to use, however a static archive of the previous site is still maintained at https://archive.spis.org. It is mandatory to re-enroll for a new account on the new […]

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  • 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 […]
  • 27th SPINE meeting
    The 27th SPINE meeting will take place on the 19th and 20th of February 2020 at ESA / ESTEC (room Newton 2), 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands. This SPINE workshop is an open forum on new research and technological results, needs […]
  • 16th SCTC conference
    16th Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference, March 30-April 2, 2020, Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

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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.