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 Europe

The current structure of SPINE is informal. Any one interested from the ESA member states may become a member of the network. You just need to contact us to be included in the mailing list. There will be various opportunities of discussions and exchange of information via this server and organised Events.

During the European Round Table on the Modelling of Spacecraft Plasma Interactions, held on 24-25 February 2000 at ESTEC, the following area of active collaboration within the network were identified:

  • Numerical analysis methods and algorithms, software architecture and data interface (code implementation, validation techniques, testing and post-processing, common Library of generic routines for s/c-plasma-interaction simulations).
  • Development of a database on material properties, environmental data and space flight observations.
  • Development of a Database of results and publications.
  • Access to Environmental data;
  • Preparing in orbit investigations;
  • Establishment standard procedures and method for hardware design, including qualification, and testing;
  • Training of young scientists and engineers.
  • Establishment of External collaboration