First Light at the Hokkaido West SuperDARN radar!

By: miker  on: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014 10:22 AM EDT  (425 Reads)
PI Nozomu Nishitani of the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STELab) in Nagoya is pleased to announce that the Hokkaido West radar started operation on October 24, 2014. The first echoes were received after extensive testing by the Japanese licensing authority.

Nishitani-san would like to thank all the people who contributed to the completion of the new radar, in particular, Mick Parsons from Leicester University, who travelled all the way to Japan to make final installation of the radar, and Pasha Ponomarenko and Alexey Oinats, who happened to be staying at Nagoya University during this period and helped with setting up and calibration.

Congratulations to Nishitani-san, and to the Hokkaido West radar team!

Photo: Main array of 16 transmit / receive antennas in foreground and interferometer array of 4 receive-only antennas in background.

Stokkseyri radar transferred to new SuperDARN PI Jim Wild

By: miker  on: Mon., June 23, 2014 01:26 PM EDT  (545 Reads)
As announced at the 2014 SuperDARN Workshop held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the ownership of the Stokkseyri SuperDARN radar has been transferred from CNRS/LPCE (France) and PI Dr. Aurelie Marchaudon to Lancaster University (UK) and new SuperDARN PI Prof. James Wild. The Stokkseyri radar was constructed in 1994 as part of the first wave of radar construction under the newly-founded SuperDARN collaboration and its first PI was Dr. Jean-Paul Villain. It forms a common-volume pair with the Goose Bay SuperDARN radar.

Jim studied for a degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology before completing a doctorate in solar-terrestrial physics at the University of Leicester. He is the Professor of Space Physics at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics. He was elected to membership in the SuperDARN PI committee at the Svalbard Workshop.

Congratulations, Jim!

2014 SuperDARN Workshop on Svalbard (Norway), May 25-30, 2014

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Sun., Dec. 08, 2013 02:42 PM EST  (2440 Reads)
Registration Website: link)
Meeting Dates: May 25-30, 2014
Deadlines for Registration & Accommodation: 23rd February 2014
Deadline for Abstracts: 25th April 2014
Deadline for Requesting Eduroam account: 15th May 2014 - Click 'Read More' for details
The 2014 SuperDARN meeting is going to be held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway). Longyearbyen is located on an archipelago at 78˚ North Latitude, making it one of the northernmost towns in the world. Longyearbyen has a long history of auroral and ionospheric research and is home to EISCAT Svalbard Incoherent Scatter Radar, the Kjell Henriksen Auroral Observatory, and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Longyearbyen is slated to be a future site of a SuperDARN radar.

Pictured: The 32 m dish of the EISCAT Svalbard radar (ESR). This radar operates in the 500 MHz band with a peak transmitter power of 1.0 MW. Foreground: Students from UNIS, the world's northernmost institution for higher education and research.

The Canadian e-PoP satellite mission detects SuperDARN HF radar signals

By: miker  on: Thu., Dec. 05, 2013 11:14 PM EST  (1679 Reads)
SuperDARN PIs Drs. Kathryn McWilliams and J.-P. St. Maurice have announced that the Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) carried by the CASSIOPE satellite has detected signals from the Saskatoon SuperDARN HF radar. The RRI is a component of the Canadian e-POP mission and is designed to receive SuperDARN pulses. The data have been analyzed by Dr. Rob Gillies of the University of Calgary and plotted to show that they reproduce the familiar radar multipulse sequence.

CASSIOPE is a small satellite from the Canadian Space Agency. It was launched on 29 Sept 2013 by SpaceX on their experimental Falcon 9 launch vehicle. E-PoP is the scientific payload and consists of eight space instruments including the RRI. The e-PoP Mission Scientist and Project Leader is Dr. Andrew Yau of the University of Calgary. Dr. Gordon James of the Communications Research Council (CRC) in Ottawa is the PI for the RRI and also Deputy Mission Scientist.

Ray Greenwald to give the Nicolet Lecture at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 01, 2013 01:05 AM EST  (2101 Reads)
Lecture details: Wednesday, December 11, 5:00-6:00 PM in Moscone West, Room 2022

The Executive Committee of the Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected VT SuperDARN researcher Dr. Ray Greenwald to give the Nicolet Lecture for aeronomy and ionospheric physics at the 2013 AGU meeting. Ray of course is the originator of the HF coherent scatter radar technique and a founder of the SuperDARN collaboration. He is on the research faculty of Virginia Tech and a member of Space@VT. Congratulations, Ray!

More than 24,000 scientists, educators, and students are expected to attend the 2013 Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco, December 9-13. The meeting website is link)

The Nicolet lecture is part of an honorary lecture series called the Bowie Lectures. Also at the Fall 2013 AGU meeting and as part of the series, Prof. Nancy Crooker of Boston University will give the Parker Lecture for solar and heliospheric physics. For more information on the Bowie Lectures and the Lectures at this year's meeting click 'Read More'.

South African CubeSAT "ZACUBE-1" launched into orbit

By: miker  on: Mon., Nov. 25, 2013 11:04 AM EST  (2753 Reads)
A rocket carrying South Africa's first cubesat was carried into orbit on November 21, 2013 as part of the payload of a Dnepr launch from Yasny, Russia. The satellite was built by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and carries a radio beacon that will transmit on 14.099 MHz after commissioning. Our SuperDARN colleagues at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have pointed out that the beacon can be a valuable source of precisely located signal for testing and calibrating SuperDARN radar performance and studying HF propagation. Click these links for information about the launch and satellite: link) link) link)
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