SuperDARN Supports Multiple Campaigns

By: ksterne  on: Thu., Nov. 05, 2015 02:45 PM EST  (119 Reads)
Starting in late September 2015, SuperDARN started a new campaign in order to support data being collected on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launched by NASA. In addition, the SuperDARN network has been scheduling modes to support new-moon periods over North America to collaborate with all-sky imagers in this area. Lastly, the SuperDARN network continues to identify and schedule periods where the Van Allen probe footprints are within SuperDARN radar field-of-views.

New Institute for Nagoya-based SuperDARN researchers

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015 03:01 PM EDT  (154 Reads)
Effective, October 1, 2015, The institute previously known as the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory of Nagoya University has been replaced by a new institute called

Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University

The institute director is Prof. Shinobu Machida. The short form of the institute name is ISEE. The web page for the new institute can be found at link)

We congratulate our SuperDARN colleagues on their appointments to the new institute!


Program Available for the 2015 SuperDARN Workshop at Leicester, UK

By: miker  on: Tue., May 12, 2015 08:01 AM EDT  (2014 Reads)
The 2015 SuperDARN Workshop will be held in Leicester, UK, June 1-5, 2015. More than 70 scientists, students, and engineers will gather to discuss radar operations and shared research interests. The Workshop is being hosted by the University of Leicester SuperDARN research group, Prof. Mark Lester, PI. The workshop program has been posted and recently revised at link)
Accommodation at College Court can be purchased when registering for the meeting.

Pictured: Fielding Johnson Building of the University of Leicester, built in 1837.

Discussion of Radar modes for the NASA MMS Satellite mission

By: miker  on: Sat., May 09, 2015 09:36 PM EDT  (2190 Reads)
The NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) launched as scheduled on March 12, 2015 at 10:44 EDT from Cape Canaveral carried by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

Quoting from the NASA MMS website at link) : 'The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth’s magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence.'

The science phase of the mission is scheduled to begin in September. SuperDARN is planning to operate in supporting modes.

NOAA DSCOVR satellite on its way to L1 libration point

By: miker  on: Fri., Mar. 27, 2015 10:33 AM EDT  (1416 Reads)
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to begin operations this summer giving early warning of solar storms. It was launched from Cape Canaveral on February 11, 2015. Essentially, it will replace the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) satellite (in operation at L1 since the late 1990s) with upgraded measurement capabilities.

An EOS Earth & Space Science News on-line article by Delores Knipp and Douglas Biesecker describes the mission: link)

Total Solar Eclipse to Sweep over Svalbard on March 20, 2015

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 19, 2015 02:27 PM EDT  (2348 Reads)
A total solar eclipse will take place on March 20. The path of totality will pass over Svalbard at 10:10 UT and sweep through the fields of view of multiple SuperDARN radars. Totality will last for 2 min 47 seconds. The accompanying plot shows the path of the eclipse with time stamps (credit: Muhammad Rafiq - VT).

Aurélie Marchaudon of IRAP/CNRS is making the arrangements to schedule SuperDARN radars to run in Discretionary Time (DT) for the period 20 March, 08 - 16 UT. One focus of the run will be to observe AGWs caused by the eclipse.
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