Advanced Forecast For Ensuring Communications Through Space (AFFECTS)

Execution period:2011-2014

Project goal:Development of the ionospheric forecasting system over Europe.


  1. Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen (DE)
  2. Royal Observatory of Belgium (BE)
  3. Space Research Institute of NASU and NSAU (UA)
  4. Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (DE)
  5. Tromsø Geophysical Observatory, University of Tromsø
  6. German Aerospace Center, Neustrelitz (DE)
  7. EADS Astrium (EU)
  8. NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (US)


The project aims to improve knowledge of the impact of solar activity on the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system. In its framework we plan to achieve an unprecedented quantitative understanding of the impacts of space weather effects on the Earth’s ionosphere and to provide reliable forecasts of ionospheric conditions on the required time scales, which can be accessed by users for their relevant applications. As a result of the project the following forecast products shall be generated:

These products shall be disseminated trough SWACI (DLR) and SIDC (ROB).


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