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Dear Colleagues,

The 23rd meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe (SPINE) will be held on 4-5 April 2017 at ESA Headquarter, 8-10 rue Mario-Nikis, Paris, FRANCE. This will be a venue to discuss new research and technology requirements and plans in the area of spacecraft plasma interactions and to present scientific results and work in progress.

It is expected that This SPINE meeting will address the following topics:

  • Material properties (measurements, databases, new materials, etc ..)
  • Charging environments and standards
  • Electric propulsion plasma environment
  • Plasma instruments and electrostatic cleanliness
  • SPIS performance and current and future developments
This list is not exhaustive and any other topics related to spacecraft-plasma interactions are potentially relevant.

It is foreseent to hold the technical sessions on 4 April AM and PM and 5 April AM.

Please indicate before 1st March 2017 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:

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 but prior registration (by sending an e-mail to alain.hilgers - at - is required to be given access to the meeting venue and there is a limit of 40 attendees because of the size of the meeting room.

Alain Hilgers, David Rodgers and Fabrice Cipriani

Further Information on SPINE:

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 May 29, 2017 3:23 PM