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Farewell SOLAR!

On February 15 2017, There is the the final deactivation of SOLAR project with the support of ESA and BELSPO.

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First RUBI tests at B.USOC

During the week 2 of January 2017 (Monday 9 to Friday 13), the EM of the RUBI experiment container was tested at B.USOC for the first time, inside the FSL-EM, by TAS-I and Airbus DS.

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Best Wishes for 2017 !

To illustrate 2016 and to celebrate the new year , we show you a picture from the Mars Yard in United Kingdom, when USA astronaut Tim Peake controlled the rover , Bridget (2016 April 29), from the ISS during the METERON SUPVIS-M experiment . Credit : ESA.

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Geoflow operational on Fluid Science Laboratory

Science is running again on FSL! The Fluid Science Laboratory, onboard Columbus, was failing to downlink High Rate data for quite some time.

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Session in Ostend about how we use space weather tools at BUSOC

“How Space Weather affects International Space Station”is a session at B.USOC and has been presented by Carla Jacobs (B.USOC,Space Applications Services) during 13th European Space Weather Week (ESWW) , at Ostend on November 14 2016.

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[FSL] VMU2 Crew Inspection on Aug 9 2016

Pedro Duque (crew representative) checked the VMU2 for its operationality (crew access to the unit, mating-demating of harnesses convenience) with respect to the crew activity in the ISS.

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Return of astronaut Tim Peake

The ESA British astronaut Tim Peake landed on June 18 after an extremely successful science mission oriented in large part towards the future manned exploration programme.

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The PERICLES Project shows a video of SOLAR

The PERICLES project posted the following video at the Open Science session of the recent Living Planet Symposium organised by ESA in Prague.

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CANADARM images SOLAR

New SOLAR Pictures

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METERON Operations on April 29

The path of the Bridget rover that Tim Peake drove from the ISS on April 29 2016.

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METERON SUPVIS-M: operations of a Martian rover on 29-04-2016

On April 29, British astronaut Tim Peake drove a rover named Bridget in the Mars Yard at Stevenage, UK from the International Space Station as part of the METERON project that is preparing for future human-robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. He had the challenging task of driving a rover across a sandpit that resembles the Martian surface. Bridget is a development model of the ESA EXOMARS mission.

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B.USOC is happily and proudly starting the 100th Sun Visibility Window of SOLAR.

This Observatory onboard the ISS is tracking the Sun now for more than 8 years!

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SOLAR in the ISS observes the March 8 total eclipse of the sun

The SOLAR package was active during the March 8 eclipse over Indonesia and measured the progressive dimming of the sun by the moon in three wavelengths, this observation is of course non nominal but analysis by the SOLSPEC science team has already started in order to check the theoretical representation of the spatial distribution of the solar radiation on the solar disk, the observation could also be used in order to perform a verification of the value of the solar diameter.

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Installation and Removal of CIMEX

First integration of CIMEX EM into the FSL EM and test of the CIMEX functionality

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2/11/2000 : 15 years of continuous ISS manned operations

It was November 2/11/2000 that the first crew arrived at the ISS shown here in its first expedition configuration.

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THOR - METERON - What a day!

Tuesday 8 September 2015 will stay in the memories of many B.USOC operators for a long time! On that day, Flight Day 7 of the Short Duration Mission of the Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen onboard the ISS, the operator team was engaged in two experiments successfully achieved.

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Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen ready to conduct METERON and science operations from the ISS

Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen ready to conduct METERON and science operations from the ISS. The launch is scheduled on September 2.

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Publications Inventory of B.USOC

We have made an inventory of B.USOC publications and you can access this.

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First command to the FSL in the ISS

April 21, 2015: first command sent to B.USOC to the ISS Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL).

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March 20 eclipse of the sun

SOLAR on the ISS will observe the March 20 eclipse on the sun.

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Download UV DATA&graphics from the Ulisse website

The project ULISSE intends to distribute all the original UV data obtained since 1993 in the frame of the ULISSE metadata.

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Get your first boarding pass to Mars

NASA has developed a new manned spacecraft: ORION which will be the first since APOLLO to travel beyond the earth orbit with the moon, Mars or asteroids as destinations. These exploration targets are the future of manned exploration. The first unmanned test flight will take place in December this year from NASA Kennedy Space Center to recovery at sea in the Pacific Ocean.

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BUSOC 15 years Open Doors and education website

The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy turns 50 years : Open Doors are possible on 11 and 12 October 2014. The BUSOC has a new education website http://ulisse.busoc.be/edu/ .

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Team Building Activity at Euro Space Center

Friday September 19, the BUSOC team will participate to a team building activity at Euro space center in Redu (Luxembourg-Belgium) during 2h30.

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NASA Challenge : How will space , science and technology benefit humanity?

The NASA and his "Humans in Space Art Program" organize a call to creativity for college students and early career professional and invite to think about the benefits of the space for the humanity.

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METERON: OPSCOM-2-video

After the successful OPSCOM-2 test of August 7, ESA released a video showing the complex operations of the EUROBOT in ESTEC commanded by astronaut Alexander Gerst from the ISS using the Disruptive/Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) communication protocol.

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METERON: OPSCOM-2

Future human space exploration will most likely involve sending robots to explore the planetary surface, in preparation and support of the on-site exploration by humans.

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The SOLAR payload on the ISS.Fourth bridging operation.

The SOLAR payload, located on one of the four external platforms of the Columbus module on the International Space Station, is active since February 2008 and measures the solar spectral irradiance with two instruments : SOLSPEC which covers the spectral range of the Ultra-Violet (UV) to the near infrared and SOL-ACES, a set of spectrometers measuring the Extreme UV radiation (EUV).

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New Timeline

New colorful timeline on twitter @Busoc_official ...

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B.USOC role in the ASIM operations on the ISS

ASIM is an ISS science payload aimed principally at the observation of Transitory Light Events (TLE) occurring over intense thunderstorms lightning. ASIM observes also TGF’s (terrestrial gamma rays flashes which are also related to strong lightning. It has been proposed by the Danish scientist Torsten Neubert and is due for launch in 2016. B.USOC is Facility Responsible Centre (FRC) for this payload.

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Successful HDEV installation on Columbus platform

Wednesday 30 April, the NASA Payload, HDEV was successfully installed on the Nadir external platform of Columbus. During the installation SOLAR (on the zenith position) had to be completely switched off (survival heaters included) for about 30 minutes.

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Ham Video commissioning completed successfully!

Sunday 13 April, Koichi Wakata successfully completed the Ham Video commissioning.

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First Ham Video tests on-board ISS, so far so good!

Pass 1 and Pass 2 of the Ham Video commissioning were conducted successfully on-board ISS, on March 8 and 9.

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The new cooling pump allows again full power for ISS payloads

On December 26, the new cooling pump for the second electrical circuit was put in service after two spacewalks...

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temporary interruption of SOLAR due to partial cooling failure

On Wednesday December 11, the pump module on one of the space station’s two external cooling loops automatically shut down when it reached pre-set temperature limits. These loops circulate ammonia outside the station to keep both internal and external equipment cool.

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Spacelab

Spacelab and 30 years of ESA astronauts

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15th anniversary of ISS and solar bridging

On November 29, the RTBF news of 19h30 presented the 15th anniversary of the ISS with an interview of Frank Dewinne and of B.USOC personnel conducting the operations of SOLAR during a long duration solar window designed to measure the solar spectral irradiance during a full rotation. This operation requires attitude changes of the ISS. It is a high priority of the scientific community studying the relations between solar activity and earth climate.

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REVEX picard 2013

Exploitation review (REVEX) of the PICARD mission at the end of November.

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New website Pleiades

B.USOC distributes Pléiades images already bought and exploited by Belgian customers through the BELSPO STEREO programme.

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Space Pole Opendoors

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 may , Busoc and Space Pole in Uccle opened doors to the public.

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KuPS successfully installed on the ISS November

Yesterday, Novembert 6th, the Portable Pwr Supply (KuPS) was installed successfully on the ISS. Portable Pwr Supply, as the name says, provides power to experiments. The first experiment attached to Portable Pwr Supply is TRITEL, which will monitor the radiation environment in the European Columbus module. TRITEL was also installed yesterday, and will run for 6 months.

Belgian Operations Center gets the ISS rotated

SOLAR was installed on Columbus the same day the module itself was attached to the other modules of the space station. Being in space since February 2008, SOLAR will soon be celebrating its 5th birthday. "This is quite an achievement", says Nadia This, operations engineer at B.USOC, "since SOLAR was designed to operate for 18 months only."

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SOLAR - Second mission extension achieved

Last week, the Safety Review approved the second extension of the SOLAR mission, until February 2017. SOLAR installed on the external platform of Columbus in February 2008 for a nominal mission of one year and half, and was soon extended over February 2013.

SOLAR SOLSPEC collaborating with Venus Express

On May 17th, a unique collaboration between instruments on the ISS and Venus Express was set up. Between 19h00 and 22h30, SOLSPEC, in Earth-orbit on the ISS, and SPICAV, in Venus-orbit on Venus Express, were simultaneously observing the sun. The goal of this synchronisation is to perform an absolute calibration of SPICAV.

SOLSPEC is part of the SOLAR payload, mounted on the exterior of the Columbus Module of the ISS and operated by B.USOC. The instrument is composed of three spectrometers that together cover the wavelength domain extending from 165 nm to 3100 nm, studying the Solar spectral irradiance and its variability. SOLSPEC completed its 4th year in space in February 2012.

SPICAV, short of "SPectroscopy for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Venus", is mounted on Venus Express. SPICAV is an imaging spectrometer for ultraviolet and infrared radiation, and it investigates the Venus atmosphere by measuring the interactions of the light coming from the sun with the components constituting the atmosphere of Venus. To derive reliable results, it needs to be known very accurately what the output of the sun is.

This simultaneous measurement will be repeated on May 24th, again between 19h00 and 22h30 local time.