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Dear Colleagues,

The 22th meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe (SPINE) will be held on 23-24 March 2016 at CNES- The French space agency, Room Léonard de Vinci, 18 avenue Edouard Belin, 31 401 TOULOUSE CEDEX 9, FRANCE. This will be a venue to discuss new research and technology roadmaps in the area of spacecraft plasma interactions and to present scientific results and work in progress. This SPINE meeting will be jointly organized by ESA, ONERA and the CNES CCT-Space and Atmospheric Environment and will particularly focus on the electric propulsion and the interaction of plasma plumes with spacecraft.

Nonetheless the following topics will also be addressed:

  • Electrostatic cleanliness, charging and deep dielectric charging of satellites
  • Plasma instruments
  • Material electrical properties (measurements, databases, new materials, etc ..)
  • SPIS performance and current and future developments
This list is not exhaustive and any other topics related to spacecraft-plasma interactions are potentially relevant.

Please indicate before 11 March 2016 whether you intend to participate and whether you would like to contribute with a presentation (title and author required) or a discussion topic. In such a case please indicate by sending an email to:

sebastien.hess - at -

with copy to:

alain.hilgers - at - .

Also, please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested. Note : Participation to the meeting is free of charge and open to all organisations from ESA member states.

Because of access restriction to the CNES centre, it is required that all person that attend the meeting indicate it by mail before 11 March. In order to ease the access, please indicate your name, date and place of birth, nationality, company name and a valid passport number. A valid passport will be required to access the centre.

The meeting organisers: Sébastien Hess, Jean-Charles Matéo-Velez, Pierre Sarrail, Käthe Dannenmayer and Alain Hilgers

Further Information:

The objective of the Spacecraft Plasma Interactions Network in Europe (SPINE) is to share resources and to co-ordinate efforts in all domains related to the interaction of Spacecraft with the space plasma, including spacecraft charging. It is acting as an advisory body for the ESA Space Environment and Effects Network of Competences.

Further details of SPINE and previous SPINE meetings can be found at

Last edited by Amandine Champlain at Feb 14, 2017 4:50 PM