The SMILE SWT#16 and Consortium #10 Video meeting Held


17-20 March 2020, the SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) Mission 15th Scientific Working Team and Joint Meeting was held successfully. In order to deal with the impact of the COVID-19, the conference adopted the participants in each country and region in accordance with the specific situation by video participation.

The meeting was co-chaired by Wang Chi, chief scientist of China, Professor Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, chief scientist of the European Party and Philippe Escoubet, project scientist at the European Space Agency. Scientists from the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Belgium, the United States of America, Brazil, Czech Republic, Japan, ESA and China, as well as engineering team, satellite system, payload system, ground support system and scientific application system, the ESTEC team and other relevant personnel more than 70 people attended the meeting.

According to the agenda, the 27th was the Modeling Working Group (MWG) web-meeting. The 28-29th was the SWT #16 and consortium #10 web-meeting. The 30th was the Data Format and Calibration Working Group web-meeting. The scientists reported the scientific issues. The engineers reported the progress of their respective developments.

This video conference has achieved the purpose of communication progress. Because both the COVID-19 pandemic and the payload module and payloads developed in Europe restricted by American components, have impact on the development of the project. So the proceeding has been postponed.

Finally it was initially determined that the next meeting would also be held by video. And the on-site meeting was an alternative way, held in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, in mid-April 2021.