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Solar Irradiance Platform
The Solar Irradiance Platform (SIP), formerly the SOLAR2000 irradiance specification tool, produces the variable, full solar spectrum in assorted spectral formats for historical, nowcast, and forecast applications. In addition, it produces an array of solar irradiance and thermospheric proxies.The Solar Irradiance Platform is a available at a very reasonable cost for individual or institutional customers (click here for pricing and ordering information). A single-use 30-day evaluation version of SIP is available. If you order the license, and activate it with a order number key, it will operate according to the type of license purchased. Note that various incentives for 1-year licenses are offered.(Click on the image at right for a larger image and additional information) SIP snapshot thumbnail

To download the SIP package, right-click (Ctl-click on Mac) and "Save/Download File As..."

Special Note: SIP has been updated for Mac IDL 8.3 and Windows to correct a retrieval error for the JB2008 data sets. Additional updates for Linux are in progress.

SIP for Mac OSX - IDL 8.3 (self-installer pkg) To install: Simply download, double-click, and follow installation prompts
SIP for Windows - IDL 8.3 (self-installer Setup.msi) To install: After downloading, change the *.dat extension to *.zip, then unzip and change directory, then double-click the Setup.msi file, and follow installation prompts
SIPSYv238_IDL80_release.zip SIP v238 System-grade for IDL v8.0
SIPSYv238_IDL81_release.zip SIP v238 System-grade for IDL v8.1
SIPSYv238_IDL83_release.zip SIP v238 System-grade for IDL v8.3
SIP for Linux (*.gz) - pending Linux Installtion Instructions

Ordering Solar Irradiance Platform Products

Note that the free version of SIP has limited nowcast/forecast capability, and after 30 days, only historical data is available. To order the professional-grade Solar Irradiance Platform product, which provides a number of additional indices providing historical, nowcast, and forcast data, please use our secure Solar Irradiance Platform Online Form. You can use a credit card for immediate licensing, or print out an order form to mail, fax, or email to Space Environment Technologies. Mail orders should be mailed to Space Environment Technologies, 1676 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272-2211, USA. Alternatively, a fax can be sent to SET at 310-454-9665 or an email to spacenvironment@spacenvironment.net.


 

Important additional information:

Please review the following sections prior to starting to download the Solar Irradiance Platform:

PUBLICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
(Notice to Researchers)

Solar Irradiance Platform Version, Evaluation Version

To begin, you can download and install a complete single-use evaluation version of SIP via our SET registration page. SIP will expire after 30 days of use, and SIP will operate only with a limited set of historical data. Please note that you must register and use a license key to run SIP.

Linux Istallation Instructions

To install SIP under Linux:

1) download the linux_dist_*.gz file to you preferred directory location (e.g., your Desktop)
2) within an X-window (i.e., terminal window), proceed to execute the following steps:
3) tar xzf dist_linux.tar.gz
this will create a dist_v2_37 directory
4) cd dist_v2_37
5) you will need root access to execute the setup:
sudo ./setup
6) Read the license setup (use the space bar to advance to the end of the agreement)
7) Confirm you agree to the license by typing the character y
You should see the following messages:
*** Configuring the IDL virtual machine ***
*** Configuring the SIP application ***
SIP configured. Use './launch_sip' to start the application
8) At this point, you can launch sip from either a terminal window (./launch_sip), or by simply double-clicking on the launch_sip icon


For Users behind a Proxy/Firewall

Some users of SIP have computers that are behind a proxy/firewall, and will need a text file to edit to enable SIP to acquire real-time data (SIP_Professional_Grade version) by "tunneling" through your installations firewall. Once you contact your system administrator and get the IP name or number and a port number, you edit this file in a text editor and save it as a plain ASCII text file, and place it in your SIP directory.

If the file link above does not work, click here and cut & paste the file into a text editor.


System Requirements

This release of SIP has been tested on Windows 7, Vista, and XP, Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), and Debian GNU/Linux.


Acknowlegement Notice to researchers: Solar Irradiance Platform (SOLAR2000)

The Solar Irradiance Platform (SOLAR2000, Research Grade) empirical solar irradiance model is made available, at no charge, to the science and engineering research community. In all publications, please acknowledge the irradiances used from this model with the following statement:

'Solar Irradiance Platform historical irradiances are provided courtesy of W. Kent Tobiska and Space Environment Technologies. These historical irradiances have been developed with partial funding from the NASA UARS, TIMED, and SOHO missions.'


Solar Irradiance Platform (SOLAR2000) License Agreement

This is a legal agreement between you, SpaceWx.com, and W. Kent Tobiska ('Tobiska') covering your use of the Solar Irradiance Platform (SIP, SOLAR2000). Be sure to read the following agreement before using the software. By installing or using the software, you indicate your unconditional acceptance of the terms of this agreement. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT USE THE SOFTWARE AND DESTROY ALL COPIES OF IT.

The copyrighted SIP software is distributed by Space Environment Technologies (SET) and is protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Therefore, you must treat the software like any other copyrighted material (e.g. a book or musical recording).

Commercial distribution of the software is prohibited without permission of SET/SpaceWx. We are more than happy to allow you to distribute our software, but you must first have a distribution license to do so. Contact SpaceWx.com for details on obtaining a distribution license.

You may not rent, lease, or sell the software to third parties, nor may you modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software. If you violate any part of this agreement, your right to use this software terminates automatically and you then must destroy all copies of this software in your possession.

The software and related documentation are provided 'AS IS' and without warranty of any kind. SPACE  ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGIES, SPACEWX.COM, AND TOBISKA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ANY WRITTEN OR ORAL INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY SPACEWX.COM OR TOBISKA, THEIR AGENTS, DISTRIBUTORS, OR EMPLOYEES, SHALL NOT IN ANY WAY BE CONSTRUED AS GRANTING OR CREATING A WARRANTY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL SPACEWX.COM OR TOBISKA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, INFORMATION, OR GOODWILL) THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE OR RELATED DOCUMENTATION , EVEN IF SPACEWX.COM OR TOBISKA HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this Agreement, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision of the Agreement shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

If you are a U.S. Government user, the software and documentation is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS as defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.227.14. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the all users is subject to the restrictions above. The manufacturer is SpaceWx.com.

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