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  • 04/26/18 - NAIF offers A SPICE Update, a PowerPoint presentation summarizing overall SPICE capabilities and then highlighting "newish" items.

  • 04/25/18 - Andrew Annex announces the release of SpiceyPy 2.1.1, a user-produced interface to cspice.

    (NAIF is pleased to see SPICE users produce and freely offer SPICE-related products and services. However, NAIF, Caltech/JPL and NASA cannot endorse or in any way warrant such third-party SPICE related products or services. Any potential user of SpiceyPy must make her/his own determination as to the efficacy of SpiceyPy for any particular endeavor.)

  • 04/06/18 - The European Space Agency is offering a beginner's SPICE Training Class at the ESAC facility near Madrid, Spain. The class is free and open to all professionals and students involved in Solar System exploration. Further information about the class and the class registration form are found here.

  • 1/26/18 - The International Earth Rotation Service (IERS) has announced there will not be a new leapsecond added on June 30, 2018. As a consequnece, the currently offered SPICE leapseconds kernels (LSK), naif0012.tls for Linux and Mac, and naif0012.tls.pc for Windows, will remain in effect until at least the end of December, 2018.

  • 01/09/18 - The set of on-line SPICE tutorials has been upated.

  • 01/09/18 - NAIF offers a SPICE newsletter.

  • 11/03/17 - All of the on-line tutorials, the programming lessons, and the self-training packages (class tutorials and programming lessons) have been updated.

  • 8/9/17 - N0066 Toolkit DSK Bug. A bug, not very likely to be encountered, exists in the DSK subsystem of the N0066 Toolkits. Read the announcement (PDF) for details.

  • 6/1/17 - Due to equipment failure, NAIF will not be able to provide future Toolkits (version N67 and beyond) for the Sun/Intel Solaris environments.

  • 5/11/17 - Regarding CubeSat and Similar Missions
    Directions from NASA HQ stipulate that any cubesat or similar mission that would want support from the NAIF Group in deploying and operating SPICE production capabilities, or in providing consultation to SPICE operators or scientists using SPICE, must be paid for by the project, just as is done for larger projects. Projects are free to implement and operate SPICE on their own without help from NAIF. In this case you'll need people experienced in producing and validating SPICE kernels, and in monitoring the SPICE production pipeline for SPK, CK and SCLK kernels. Selecting an Ancillary Data System (PDF) provides some commentary that could be useful.

  • 4/10/17 - NAIF announces release of the Version N66 Toolkits, with the first formal inclusion of the tesselated plate portion of the Digital Shape Kernel (DSK) as the principle addition. See the above-mentioned newsletter for more detail.

  • 01/27/17 - Due to new NASA IT security requirements, on January 27, 2017 the NAIF HTTP server was reconfigured to redirect all http: requests to https:. While this change is transparent for access via most Web browsers, it might have affected access via curl and wget. Transfers initiated with recent versions of wget and of curl (with the -L option) should work but those done with older versions of both tools might fail. We recommend that all users who automatically copy kernels and toolkit packages from the NAIF server via HTTP using wget, curl, and similar utilities verify that they still do it successfully with this new server configuration.

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