Space Weather 2, S03008, 2004
© American Geophysical Union
Spacecraft and Ground Anomalies Related to the October-November 2003 Solar Activity
Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, USA
NOAA, Boulder, CO, USA
During two weeks in late October and early November 2003, a series of large
solar events led to high levels of energetic particles in geospace and
produced overlapping large geomagnetic storms on 28-30 October. These storms
caused effects ranging from power grid failures to satellite shutdowns.
A Japanese satellite was lost completely, the U. S. Federal Aviation
Administration issued their first-ever high radiation dosage alert for
high-altitude aircraft, and astronauts in the International Space Station
had to retreat into their heavily shielded service module.