CSDA Seminar Series
The CSDA runs a monthly seminar series, featuring talks from experts in the field of Space Domain Awareness. Details of upcoming seminars and past recordings can be found here.
CSDA Seminar: Richard Horne
Richard Horne, FRS, is the Head of Space Weather and Atmosphere at the British Antarctic Survey, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield. A full biography can be found here.
Severe Space Weather and Satellites
Large explosions on the Sun can expel billions of tons of charged particles and magnetic field out into space in what is known as a coronal mass ejection. When this plasma encounter’s the Earth’s magnetic field it can tear open the outer layers and cause a geomagnetic storm which can last for days. The Sun can also emit intense radiation from solar flares and drive radiation storms where high energy particles penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field, particularly in the Polar Regions. In this talk we describe how space weather can affect the power grid causing disruption to power supplies, pose a radiation risk to aviation, damage satellites, interrupt communications and GPS signals and increase the risk of collisions between satellites and space debris in low Earth orbit. We discuss some of the uncertainty over the economic impact and what mitigation measures can be taken. Finally, we discuss some of the challenges around forecasting space weather now and into the future and describe a new forecasting system that we have developed for the European Space Agency that is now being used to help protect satellites on orbit from charged particle radiation.
Room H0.51, or join virtually via the Teams link.