New Space Weather Center Opened by ESA in Brussels
The new Space Weather Coordination Centre is meant to deliver forecasts and advise regarding the space weather effects caused by Sun activity. This requires to gather and analyze up-to-date information on our Sun and the resulting solar weather, ionospheric weather, the geomagnetic environment and the orbital radiation environment. It is the first such data coordination centre opened under the European Space Agency's Space Situational Awareness Programme (SSA).
The Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC) will serve as the central access point to a portfolio of European space-weather expertise for customers, including satellite operators, industrial sectors including telecommunications and navigation, and government agencies and research institutes.
The two were joined by Ronald Van der Linden, Director General of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Nicolas Bobrinsky, Head of ESA's SSA Programme Office, and Michel Kruglanski, manager of the SSCC from the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence.
The SSCC includes the first European space weather helpdesk and, through this, rapid access to expert support on solar weather, ionospheric weather, the geomagnetic environment and the orbital radiation environment.
The inauguration took place at the Royal Observatory Belgium (ROB), one of the four members of the consortium that will operate and develop the SSCC on ESA's behalf. The others are the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy and two industrial partners, Space Applications Services SA/NV and Spacebel SA/NV.