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Mission Extension until May 2002

V.Domingo will submit a report to ESA asking for a mission extension of 4 years, i.e. until 2002. The report will comprise input from all experiments and the S/C. ESA's Director of Science, Roger Bonnet, will attend a meeting with the PIs on 16 January 1997 to learn about the results from the first year of SOHO operations and to hear about the prospects for the coming years. The meeting may also be attended by Wess Huntress. ESA's Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC) will meet in late January, and ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) will meet on 16/17 February 1997. NASA funding for SOHO will end in spring '98, so spring '97 is really important to demonstrate that SOHO is doing really well. W.Worrall mentioned that the ground-system will be restuctured to be more cost efficient. Among the changes are the move of the PACOR workstations to the EOF. None of these changes should have an impact on the operations. W.Worrall also mentioned that he was asked to present possible cost savings options to NASA, such as more autonomous operations, less NRT sessions, operation from remote sites etc.. The project scientist will circulate a questionnaire to the PIs addressing these options and the mission extension in general. There is an action on the PIs to fill out this questionnaire and send it back to the PS before 15 December 1996 (Action 21-6).

Bernhard Fleck
Tue Jan 6 15:27:08 EST 1998