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Spacecraft Plasma Interactions Network
in Europe (SPINE)

The objective of this network is to share resources and to co-ordinate efforts in all domains related to the interaction of Spacecraft with the space plasma, including spacecraft charging. The creation of this network and its primary objectives have been decided during a Round Table held on 24-2-2000 at ESTEC. The aim of the SPINE Web site is to become an advanced platform for information exchange and collaborative work, a kind of Virtual Laboratory dedicated to studies of spacecraft-plasma interactions. Please use the SPINE Community’s Virtual Lab to share and exchange knowledge, data, results and tools related to spacecraft-plasma interactions.

News, events and other links

  • SPIS-5.1.2 released ! The SPINE community is glad to announce the finalisation of the release of SPIS 5.1.2. This release gathers the results of several converging actions:
    • The SPIS-GEO project (aka Simplified MEO/GEO tools for spacecraft charging), where an important effort has been made to produce a version of SPIS more adapted to engineering applications.
    • The SPIS-SCIENCE project focused on advanced capabilities interm of spacecraft cleanliness assessment for scientific missions, especially for low energy plasma measurements.
    • The AISEPS project whose aim is to propose plume modelling for electric propulsion.
    • Numerous extra developments, functions and bug fixes provided by the historical actors and community members.
More information are available in the release announcement and evolution note.
  • SPIS Users Meeting at the 13th SCTC, June 26th, 2014, Pasadena CA In parallel of the 13th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC), organised June 23-27, 2014, at Pasadena CA (see for further information about the SCTC), historical actors of the SPIS development and community life propose to organise a “SPIS Users Meeting”, Thurday the 26th of June in parallel of the poster session, in the main conference room. The aims of this meeting are:
    • Meet SPIS users and experts inside and outside Europe;
    • Present some examples of applications of SPIS in Europe;
    • Share experiences, questions, expertise and knowledge;
    • Present recent software solutions and services already available today around SPIS;
    • Open discussions and exchanges regarding application cases, needs and usages.
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It is provided with a detailed documentation (User and Developer) and new example project in order to facilitate its use and reduce the learning curve. Please see the SPINE’s collaborative platform ( and the relative forums ( For access to the software, please see the download area.

The SPINE Community’s Virtual Lab hosts:

The present platform, or SPINE Community’s Virtual Lab, gathers a structured set of modeling tools, data and informations related to the modelling and the analysis of spacecraft-plasma interaction and spacecraft charging processes. This includes for instance: SPIS' initial development has been funded by ESA R&D TRP programme and is freely available under GPL licence.
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