The first GCI project – GCI Cusp – aims to determine the multi-scale physics of heating and charged particle precipitation in the ionosphere specific to the geomagnetic cusp region.
The GCI Cusp Project is designed to advance the common understanding of cusp region space physics through coordinated experimental and theoretical research using ground based instruments, modeling, sounding rocket investigations, and satellite based instruments.
International student participation through space plasma model development and a dedicated student rocket (G-CHASER) is an essential aspect of the GCI concept.
The formulation (and topic) of this initial GCI project followed the recognition of the tremendous increase in scientific return available from coordination of these independently initiated missions.
Additional sounding rocket missions from these agencies as well as other national agencies are under consideration to complement the current project and expand further the scale of international collaboration.
JAXA SS-520 (Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Jan 2020 ) Ion outflow in the cusp PI: Yoshifumi Saito, Japan / JAXA
TRICE-2 (2x BB XII – Andøya, Norway, Dec 2018) Kletzing, 52.003/004 NASA mission manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics-2 PI: Craig Kletzing, USA / Univ. of Iowa
VISIONS-2 (2x BB X – Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Dec 2018) Rowland, 35.039/040 NASA mission manager: email@example.com VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom Sensing–2 PI: Douglas Rowland, USA / NASA Goddard
CAPER-2 (BB XII – Andøya, Norway, Jan 2019) Cusp Alfven and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket-2 PI: James LaBelle, USA / Dartmouth College
ICI-5 (Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, TBD( JAN 19 or DEC 19 ) ) 3D in-situ observations of ionospheric irregularities in the cusp PI: Jøran Moen, Norway / UiO
C-REX-2 (BB XII – Andøya, Norway, Nov/Dec 2019) Cusp-Region Experiment 2 PI: Mark Conde, USA / University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)
G-CHASER (Andøya, Norway, Jan 2019) Grand Challenge Student Rocket (International collaboration) Koehler, 46.018 NASA mission manager: firstname.lastname@example.org PI: Chris Koehler, Colorado Space Grant Consortium Coordinator: Kolbjørn Blix, Andøya Space Center
CHI(BB IX - Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Nov/Dec 2019) Cusp Heating Investigation PI: Miguel Larsen, Clemson University, USA
Points of Contact For more information on this research initiative, please contact anyone of the individuals listed below
Mr. Kjell Bøen, Grand Challenge Initiative Project Manager (Norway – Andøya Space Center) email@example.com