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The development of a new Spacecraft-Plasma Interaction modelling Software (SPIS) was started within SPINE community in December 2002. The motivations and requirements for this software development were recalled during the 4th SPINE Meeting. The first software developments and Working Group activities for software testing and appropriation were reported during the 5th SPINE Meeting. The first operational version of the software was released and a course on SPIS was held in Kiruna during 6th SPINE Meeting. New versions was released around 7th SPINE Meeting and 8th SPINE meeting. Releases of SPIS software can be found on SPIS download page. Intermediate alpha versions are now also updated every night on the community workshop.

The third phase of SPINE project is now devoted to code maintenance and community support, including bug fixing and minonr improvements requested by the community. In that purpose each of the three Working Group shall meet twice, the first time to define their working program and contractor requests, the second time to review their achivements and problems. The activities of Working Group 1 (sheaths) were reported during 8th SPINE meeting, while the activities of WG2 (EP) started . This 9th SPINE meeting shall hold 2nd WG2 meeting and 1st WG3 meeting (see e.g. SPINE events for a long term program)


This meeting will last two days, 20 and 21 April 2005.

The first morning will be a plenary SPINE meeting, mostly devoted to presenting the new functionalities of the SPIS code, implemented since last June. The new LibreSource-based web site for SPIS will also be presented. Both the new version of SPIS code and web site will be released a week ahead of the meeting.

The first day will be the second working meeting of SPINE Working Group 2 (WG2). We recall that this group was constituted around the topic of artificial plasma (mostly EP) and the challenging test case of SMART 1 spacecraft. Their program of work was defined during first WG1 meeting last December in Paris. This second WG2 meeting will be a review of WG2 achievements and difficulties. Propositions of presentations should be sent to persons in charge of WG 2, Eric Gengembre. Although focussed on WG2 topics, attendance is of course open to everybody.

The second day will be the first working meeting of SPINE Working Group 3 (WG3). We recall that this group was constituted around the topic of material interactions, and the challenging test cases of SCATHA and Freja. The purposes of this first meeting are the following: reviewing available data, defining a program of work, some possible requests from contractors, and distributing the tasks between WG3 members. Propositions of presentations should be sent to WG 3 co-ordinator, Marie-Laure Fille. Although focussed on WG2 topics, attendance is open to everybody.

Organisation and Location

This meeting will be held at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 20-21 April 2005, in the "Dance Room" of the Escape Area (just on the right at the entrance gate).

Preliminary Programme

  • 20 April - starting 10:00 am:
    • SPIS code new features presentation and demonstration (ONERA-Artenum contractors)
    • review of WG2 achievements: SMART 1 and other test cases modelling
    • discussion: difficulties, extra tests or requests...
  • 21 April - ending 5:00 pm:
    • review of WG3 data, objectives and program (presentations - discussion): available flight measurements, ground data, models...
    • work plan definition

Call for papers

Presentations for the WG2 session of 20 April are to be submitted to its coordinator Eric Gengembre Presentations for the WG3 session day of 21 April afternoon are to be submitted by e-mail to Marie-Laure Fille

Call for registration

The registration request should contain standard information about the participant and his organisation.
It should be sent to Alain Hilgers ( or Julien Forest (

Important dates

  • 9 March 2005: This announcement on the web (+ mailing)
  • 13 April 2005: Deadline for registration, by e-mail to Jean-François Roussel ( and Alain Hilgers ( Please send to both addresses.
  • 13 April 2005: Deadline for presentation submission (to your WG leader)
  • 20-21 April 2005: Workshop at ESTEC


Workshop organiser: Jean-Francois Roussel (
Local organiser: Alain Hilgers (

Please send to both adresses.

SPINE web site:

Organising committee:

  • Jean-Francois Roussel - ONERA
  • Alain Hilgers - ESA

Last edited by Sebastien Jourdain at May 4, 2005 4:09 PM