By: Nathaniel Frissell on: Sun., Dec. 08, 2013 02:42 PM EST (753 Reads)
Registration Website: http://www.unis.no/superdarn2014/
Meeting Dates: May 25-30, 2014
Deadlines for Registration & Accommodation: 23rd February 2014
Deadline for Abstracts: 25th April 2014
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.
By: miker on: Thu., Dec. 05, 2013 11:14 PM EST (378 Reads)
By: miker on: Sun., Dec. 01, 2013 01:05 AM EST (864 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 http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/
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'.
By: miker on: Mon., Nov. 25, 2013 11:04 AM EST (567 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:
By: miker on: Sat., Nov. 23, 2013 03:18 PM EST (256 Reads)
Paraphrasing from the BBC on-line News item: 'The trio of European Space Agency (Esa) satellites left the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 12:02 GMT November, 22, riding a Rockot vehicle. They were deployed at an altitude of 490km, in a polar orbit, 91 minutes later. The primary target for research is Earth's magnetic field and its secular variation. The lead-PI is Prof Eigil Friis-Christensen, a former director of Denmark's National Space Institute.' The mission has significant interest from the SuperDARN side, especially with Canadian researchers. The three satellites use the Canadian Electric Field Instrument (EFI), which is based on instruments developed by the University of Calgary.
BBC report on the launch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25028502
CSA (Canada) announcement: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/successful-launch-swarm-constellation-carrying-143846068.html
By: Nathaniel Frissell on: Tue., Nov. 12, 2013 02:50 PM EST (483 Reads)