Plasma-F: Three and a half month in orbit

Dr. G.N. Zastenker, leading researcher, IKI RAS

More than three months have passed since 'Plasma-F' payload aboard Russian astrophysical satellite SPECTR-R was switched on.

Among various phenomena, having occurred during this period (August 08 – November 05), of particular interest was extremely sharp disturbance of solar wind which reached the Earth on September 9, 2011 and was registered by BMSW plasma spectrometer.

Interplanetary shock detected by BMSW on September 9, 2011

Interplanetary shock on September 9,  2011 was observed by Spektr-R as well as by SOHO, Wind and ACE spacecraft.

"Data" section added to the site

Public domain results of the Plasma-F instruments Level-2 data processing and auxiliary (orbital and attitude) data will be published  in  the  "Data" section of the site

BMSW plasma spectrometer has registered events during the magnetic storm

As to the night from August 5th to August 6th a strong disturbance of the interplanetary magnetic field reached the Earth, thus instigating the beginning of an intense magnetic storm. The BMSV plasma spectrometer was unfortunately switched off for data analysis after the commencment and resumed observations in the morning, August 6th. Even though it has registered plasma disturbances in the 'tail' of the magnetic storm.

BMSW plasma spectrometer was successfully switched on

BMSW plasma spectrometer was successfully switched on. As by now all instruments of Plasma-F complex are operating.

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