On the occasion of Earth Day 2017 and the March for Science, a collection of Commentaries has been published on-line in the journals of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of the benefits of research in the Earth and space sciences for humanity. SuperDARN founder Ray Greenwald has contributed an article to Radio Science entitled 'The importance of international collaboration in space research'. Ray's article can be accessed at
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017RS006329/full(external link)
The link to the home page for the collection is
http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/issue/10.1002/(ISSN)2333-5084.SCISOC1/(external link)

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Dr. Federica Marcucci has announced that the web site is open for the 2017 SuperDARN Workshop which will be held at Palazzo Chigi Zondadari in San Quirico D'Orcia (SI) - Italy, June 4-9, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by the the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (IAPS) of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). The link is http://www.iaps.inaf.it/sz/SD2017/(external link)

Abstract deadline: April 14, 2017
Early Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
Note: On the registration form in the field for 'Vat Number' non-EU members enter 'N/A'

Photo: A panorama of the walled town of San Quirico D'Orcia

Blackstone Trip, March 2017

By: ksterne  on: Mon., Apr. 10, 2017 02:00 PM EDT  (98 Reads)
Following the November 2016 trip, the correct size (5/8” rod) of CADweld mold was ordered in order to complete the grounding work that had been long overdue. However, winter cold and wet set in and so the work could not be completed until better temperatures arrived. In the month prior to this trip the internet connection to the site had been out for several days if not weeks at a time going on 3 to 4 weeks. So with these issues, a trip was planned to take care of these issues and make sure the radar was running fairly well (with known issues on the antennas).

SuperDARN 'Flags' map has been updated

By: miker  on: Fri., Apr. 07, 2017 11:06 AM EDT  (146 Reads)
The popular 'Flags' map showing the national affiliations of the SuperDARN radar sites has been updated to include Buckland Park (Australia), Hokkaido West (Japan), and Longyearbyen (Norway). The national funding agencies of ten countries now contribute to the operation of the SuperDARN collaboration.

Access the Flags map, fields of view map, and other resources via the 'Maps/Tables/Links' menu item or click http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Radar+Overview(external link)

Image credit: Muhammad Rafiq (VT)
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ERG (ARASE) satellite in full operation since March 24

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 30, 2017 05:14 PM EDT  (693 Reads)
Yoshi Miyoshi (ERG Project Scientist) and Iku Shinohara (ERG Project Manager) report that the ERG (Arase) satellite has now been in full operation since March 24. The press release has been out on March 29 at http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/topics/000920.html(external link)

The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite mission was launched on December 20, 2016 with an Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The aim of the mission is to study Earth's radiation belts. Coordinated operations are planned with the SuperDARN radars. Shortly after launch the satellite was officially nicknamed "ARASE", which is a Japanese word for a river raging with rough water and also the name of a river close to the Uchinoura Space Center.

Photo credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Dr. Philip Erickson and Dr. Anthea Coster from MIT Haystack Observatory will be visiting with the Virginia Tech SuperDARN HF radar group and Space@VT from Monday, March 20 until Wednesday, March 22. Please contact Mike or Wayne if you would like to arrange a time to meet with Phil or Anthea.

On Monday Phil will present an IGEP seminar in Remote Sensing entitled

'Sensing Earth's Ionosphere with Really Large Radars: How and Why'
Monday, 12:20 - 1:10 pm
Fralin Auditorium

Click 'Read More' to view Phil's abstract for the seminar.
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