The Third International Symposium of KuaFu Project (ISKP-III)

Kunming, China, September 14-19, 2008




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Gang Qin
Fax: +86-10-62582648

First Announcement

The KuaFu project will advance our understanding of the Sun-Earth connections and Geospace and improve the capabilities of space weather forecast. KuaFu will facilitate progress in outstanding problems in Solar, heliospheric and magnetospheric sciences. The pre-study of science topics related to KuaFu is an essential component of preparation for the mission. This pre-study will be aimed at clarifying scientific goals and ensuring that the mission achieves those goals. The KuaFu Science Committee therefore suggested holding a KuaFu international symposium once a year during the pre-study phase. Our intention is that this symposium will provide a platform for communication on KuaFu related research, form a wider community of KuaFu science study, guide the pre-study science, strengthen the political and scientific support for the mission, and improve the definition of the payload scientifically and technologically.

The symposium will be organized in 6 sessions, the titles and goals of which are listed below. We welcome both oral presentations and posters for sessions 1- 5. The presentation may concentrate on the following issues: the present theoretical understanding of the Sun-Earth space as a complex coupled system (space weather science), key problems to be addressed by KuaFu, the required measurements, the measurements of KuaFu-A and B, and the possible future progress supported by KuaFu. Abstracts should be sent to the convener of the session in which you plan to make presentation.


State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, Center for Space Science and Applied Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CSSAR, CAS)


China National Space Administration (CNSA)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Peking University (PKU)
China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Scientific Organizing Committee

Chair: Chuan-Yi Tu (涂传诒),E. Marsch


Shui Wang (王水) , Cheng Fang (方成), Zhen-Xing Liu (刘振兴), Feng-Si Wei (魏奉思), Jian-Min Xu (许建民), Da-Ren Lu (吕达仁), Jun Yang (杨军), Jing-Song Wang (王劲松), Sui-Yan Fu (傅绥燕), Li-Dong Xia (夏利东), Zuo Xiao (肖佐), Yong-Wei Zhang (张永维), Fang Yang(杨芳), Xiao-xin Zhang(张效信),Jing-Xiu Wang (汪璟琇), Chi Wang (王赤), Jian-Kui Shi (史建魁), Zu-Yin Pu (濮祖荫), Hui-Gen Yang (杨惠根), Xiao-Hua Deng (邓晓华), Xue-Shang Feng (冯学尚), Jin-Bin Cao (曹晋滨), Mei Zhang (张枚),Jun Lin(林隽),Qiu-Gang Zong (宗秋刚)

Canada:     William Liu, Eric Donovan
Belgium:    P. Rochus, Viviane Pierrard
Germany:  S. Solanki, E. Marsch, R. Schwenn
UK:          M. Lester, Steve Schwartz,Louise Kim Harra
France:     J.-L. Bougeret, P. Lamy
Italy:         E. Antonucci
Norway:    Nikolai Ostgaard
U.S.:         R. Lin, J.Hughes, T. Wu

Local Organizing Committee

Chair: Chi Wang
Co-Chair: Gang Qin
Member: Z.H. Huang, X.C. Guo, J. Du, Y. Fu, J. Liang, Y. Liu
Contact Person:
Gang Qin
State Key Laboratory of Space Weather
Center for Space Science and Applied Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing 100080
Fax: +86-10-62582648

Preliminary Schedule

Sept. 20:         Registration for Team members and Scientific Committee members
Sept. 21:          Registration for other participants
                       17:00-19:00  Welcome reception
Sept. 21:          9:00-12:00&13:30-14:30  Team meeting
                      19:00-21:00   Scientific Committee meeting
Sept. 22–26 :   Symposium
Sept. 26 :         End of the symposium


July 21th, 2008: Deadline for abstract submission and hotel booking

Please send the participant’s information (name, affiliation, accompany, etc.) Before Jan. 1, 2008 to

Registration Fee

Non-Chinese: 150 Euros
Chinese: 800 RMB
Accompany persons attending activities & students pay half of the registration fee.



Session 0: The status and general scientific goals of KuaFu project
Convener : Chuan-Yi Tu (,E. Marsch(,

Session 1: Sun-Earth space science objectives: the precursor, initiation, evolution and propagation of CMEs
Convener: Li-Dong Xia (, Louise Kim Harra(

Session 2: Geospace science objectives: Mechanism of magnetic storms, substorms and global Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling
Convener: Sui-Yan Fu (,M. Lester(

Session 3: System-level-science objective: The complex global behavior of disturbances in the Sun-Earth System, including the 3-D numerical modeling to identify the self-organized processes which control the global behavior of the Sun-Earth system, and also including the space weather forecast models
Convener: Chi Wang , Eric Donovan (

Session 4: Instruments and technical aspects of the mission
Convener: Zuo Xiao (, P. Rochus(

Session 5: Open session on science objectives and instrumental issues
Jing-Song Wang (,R. Schwenn (

Symposium Venue




Arrive to Kunming

The main point of entry to Kunming is the Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.

About KuaFu Project

For more information about KuaFu, please visit

KuaFu consists of three spacecrafts: KuaFu-A and KuaFu B1 & B2. KuaFu-A will be located around the L1 point. The two KuaFu-B satellites will be in identical elliptical polar Earth orbits relatively phased so that when one is at perigee the other is at apogee. KuaFu A will be instrumented to continuously image the solar disk in EUV ( 19.5 nm and Lyman alpha) emission, to register Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) in Lyman-α radiation from 1.1 R⊙ to 2.5 R⊙ and white light from 2.5 R⊙ to 15 R⊙, to trace CME propagation by radio wave measurements, and to provide in situ measurements of the solar wind plasma, magnetic field, and solar energetic particles at L1. Another remote sensing instrument will observe the hard X-ray and Gamma-ray spectrum for timing of the origin of CME. KuaFu B1 and B2 will provide continuous (24 hours per day or "24×7") FUV images of the northern hemisphere electron and proton aurora as well as ENA images of the ring current, systematic conjugate aurora observations and EUV image of the plasmasphere. KuaFu B will also carry a suite of in situ instruments including a fluxgate magnetometer and charged particle detectors.

KuaFu project is now in the Comprehensive Review phase supported by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) and by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) addressing scientific payload, spacecraft platforms, launching, tracking and control, and data transfer. The KuaFu mission may start at the next solar maximum (launch hopefully in 2012), and with an initial mission lifetime of two to three years.

KuaFu will be an essential element of ILWS which is designed around exploration of the Sun-Earth complex system. The mission is designed to observe the complete chain of disturbances from the solar atmosphere to geospace, including solar flares, CMEs, interplanetary clouds, shock waves, and their respective geo-effects, including magnetospheric substorms and magnetic storms. KuaFu data will be used for advancing global space weather science as well as space weather forecasting. The overall mission design, instrument complement, and incorporation of recent technologies will raise the standard of end-to-end observation of the Sun-Earth system, and advance our understanding of the basic physical processes underlying space weather such as the origin of CMEs, the energy coupling between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere, the mechanisms by which energy and matter pass through the magnetosphere, and the ultimate effects on geospace regions

Kunming, City of Perpetual Spring

Kunming (昆明) is the capital of beautiful Yunnan Province (云南) located in the far southwestern corner of China.  Its proximity to other neighboring provinces such as Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet as well as its shared border with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in China. Kunming is also increasingly becoming a travel hub as the closest major city in China to both India and Thailand in addition to the growing popularity of nearby Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan Province.

Known as the "Spring City," Kunming boasts some of the best weather in China with a consistently pleasant climate and some of the freshest and cleanest air of any major city in the country. Kunming also offers the traveler a wide range of things to see and do from Ming Dynasty relics to the luxuries of modern department and convenience stores. Excellent cuisine and shopping opportunities are abundant, and an array of historical and cultural attractions will keep anyone busy for as long as he or she is here.

Fast Facts about Kunming


Southwest China, Yunnan Province


1890 meters (6200 feet) above sea level


4 million


Predominately Han Chinese with considerable quantities of Dai, Bai, and other ethnic minorities


Mandarin (普通话) and Kunming Hua (昆明话)

Local Cuisine:

Over the Bridge Noodles; Yunnan ham; goat cheese; Dai Minority food

Dialing Code:

+86 871 (from abroad); 0871 (from within China)

Getting There:

Air, Train, Bus

Getting Around:

Walking, bicycle, public bus, taxi


Consistently temperate with both mild winters and summers; Can be visited at any time of the year; Rain is prevalent during the Summer; Winters are dry and sunny

Sister cities:

Denver, USA New Plymouth, New Zealand Wagga Wagga, Australia

Claim to Fame:

Known as the "Spring City"; the Chinese terminus of the Burma Road during World War II













Local Atractions of Kunming

Yuantong Temple

Built at the foot of Yuantong Hill during the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368),this is one of the ancient temples of Kunming. An octagonal pavilion stands in the middle of the Clear Water Pool (Hongqingchi) and is joined with the bank by a stone bridge, which leads to the south gate, where an archway is inscribed with the bank by a sto
ne bridge, which leads to the south gate, where an archway is inscribed with the four Chinese characters Yuan Tong Sheng Jing -- Holy Land of Yuantong. Behind the temple steps lead to
the top of Yuantong Hill where there are four pavilions where visitors can take a panoramic view at the city with its wisps of smoke, twinkling lights, and beautiful Dianchi Lake in the distance. On the other side of the hill a zoological park, the largest park in Kunming, houses more than a hundred kinds of wild animals.

Golden Hall (Jindian)

Also called Supreme Harmony Palace or Parrot Temple, Golden Hall was built on Singing Pheonix Hill (Mingfengshan) in 1671 during the Qing Dynasty. The name Golden Hall actually refers to the temple‘s North Pole Hall (Beijidian), which was constructed entirely of cast bronze, including its pillars, beams, roof tiles, arched doors and windows, statues, and incense burners. Weighing a hundred tons altogether, the hall is one of the largest bronze objects existing in China today.

Bamboo Temple (Luzhuchansi)

An old legend says that during ancient times, the king of the Dali Kingdom and his brother once went hunting and spotted a rhinoceros. But when they chased it to Jade Table Hill (Yu‘anshan), the animal disappeared. In its stead, they saw a group of monks, each holding a bamboo stick. When the king was about to ask them the whereabouts of the rhinoceros, the monks too disappeared, leaving only their bamboo sticks behind. The next day, the sticks had taken root in the ground, and they grew into a grove of dense bamboos. The King ordered a temple to be built on the spot.

In fact, the temple at the foot of Jade Table Hill was built at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and was reconstructed in 1885 during the Qing Dynasty. There are five hundred arhat sculptures in the temple.

Dianchi Lake and Western Hill

Dianchi Lake, lying south of Kunming City and covering an area of more than three hundred square kilometers, is the largest lake on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. With its shimmering water, sailboats, and adjacent rice fields, the lake is a favorite attraction for visitors.

Western Hill forms a delightful contrast with Dianchi Lake. Stretching along the west bank of the lake, the wooded hill looks somewhat like a reclining beauty. People in Kunming call it "Sleeping Beauty Hill." Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a young woman whose husband was taken by the local chieftain and sent away as slave. She thought of her husband day and night and wept such copious tears that they became Dianchi Lake, while she herself lay down and became Western Hill. The hill is a pleasant place for a stroll beside the picturesque lake.