This report will describe the activities carried out by the TELLUS team during 2004. They are continuing those concerning ground aseismic creep strain events, observed by the TELLUS tilt network; the ESPERIA space mission project planned and designed for studying Earth near-Earth space interactions; the construction of the particle detector ARINA to be installed on board the Russian satellite RESURS-DK1, which launch is scheduled for next autumn 2005 within the PAMELA mission. ARINA is part of the ESPERIA payload, another one being the LAZIO-EGLE magnetic andparticle instruments to be tested in space on board the InternationalSpace Station and used for collecting particle and magnetic data. Thesetwo instruments have been built during 2004 within a collaborationbetween the Universities Roma Tre, Perugia and Roma Tor Vergata, andrelated INFN branches, with the Lazio Region and Polytechnic of Moscow(MEPhI). LAZIO-EGLE thermal, vibration and electromagnetic emission testshave been performed in laboratory both in Italy and in Russia. Launch isscheduled for February 2005. During 2003, on the basis of an ITT of theEuropean Space Agency (ESA), the TELLUS team also submitted assub-contractor (the prime one being Alenia-Laben S.p.A.) the ARETUSAproposal for a General Study with title "Techniques and SpaceborneConcepts for the Study of Earth-Quake Precursors and Analysis ofAssociated Atmospheric Effects". Both these two activities concerning theARETUSA proposal and the construction of the EGLE space magnetometer willbe described in the present annual report.
Sgrigna, V., Conti, L., Stagni, C., Zilpimiani, D., Buzzi, A. (2004). TELLUS. Ground Deformations and their Effects in the near-Earth Space..