The Fermi Science Support Center (FSSC) runs the guest investigator program, creates and maintains the mission time line, provides analysis tools for the scientific community, and archives and serves the Fermi data. This web site is the portal to Fermi for all guest investigators.
Look into the "Resources" section for finding schedules, publications, useful links etc. The "Proposals" section is where you will be able to find the relevant information and tools to prepare and submit proposals for guest investigator projects. At "Data" you will be able to access the Fermi databases and find the software to analyse them. Address all questions and requests to the helpdesk in "Help".
Fermi Observations for MW 675
Mission week 675 starts with a continuation of the asymmetric rocking +50/-60 profile from the previous week. On day of year 126 (2021-05-06) at 01:59 there is a 10 minute freeze observation during which an updated asymmetric profile is loaded. This profile continues until DOY 129 (2021-05-09) at 03:01 when there is a 10 minute freeze observation during which a symmetric +/-50 deg. profile is loaded. This profile continues until the end of the week. Note that positive rock angles are south, and negative angles are north.
The updated files include the addition of the SC_VELOCITY column. This column contains a vector with the spacecraft velocity in meters per second (in the same coordinate frame as SC_POSITION) at the start of the interval to aid pulsar timing and other precise applications that require the full state vector. The files improve the calculation of the spacecraft geodetic latitude and altitude. The geodetic calculation now uses the exact Ferrari's solution rather than the approximation that was done previously. The changes in latitude are less than 0.04 degrees. The changes in altitude are from 0 to 6 km. In both cases, the difference is minimum at the equator and maximum at the latitude extremes. The files also use the latest the IGRF model, a standard mathematical description of the Earth's main magnetic field. The previous IGRF expired at the end if 2019. The 2020 and 2021 spacecraft files have been reprocessed to use the IGRF-13 model. Both the 30-second and 1-second files have been updated. The FSSC's data server now returns the new files. The weekly and mission long files have been updated on the FSSC's FTP site.
Owing to the severe weather situation and power outages in Texas and other areas NASA has decided to postpone the Fermi Cycle-14 proposal deadline until March 1, 2021, 16:30 EST. If you have already submitted a proposal you need not resubmit unless you wish to make changes which you may do up to the new deadline. Submission procedures are otherwise unchanged; refer to our website for details.
The deadline for Fermi Cycle 14 Guest Investigator proposals is coming soon: Feb 19 at 16:30 EST. To help you prepare your proposals, the project and science support center will host a virtual workshop to provide information about updates to the program (for example, preparing proposals for dual anonymous review) and to provide support for new proposers. Please register using this form by Feb 1 so that we can send you the details to join the virtual meeting.