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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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  • 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
  • 26th SPINE meeting
    The 26th meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe (SPINE) will be hosted by ONERA on the 11th and 12th of June 2019 , 2 avenue Edouard Belin, Toulouse, France. This year and due to the dynamic and […]

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SPIS

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.