Blackstone Wireless Hop Upgrade Trip, March 2018

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Mar. 16, 2018 01:56 PM EDT  (36 Reads)
Following an extended period of problems with the network connection to the site, a trip was planned after some new equipment was purchased to replace the aging wireless bridge system. The network connection has been a problem since the site was constructed, and in particular since the installation of new radios in 2011. However, through late 2017 and early 2018, the network connection was mostly down leading to long backlogs of data. To resolve this problem, new antennas, mounting hardware, and Ethernet cable were taken out to the site along with replacement radios that were in the lab. This trip was made while Mike and Kevin were coming back from Wallops Island in the two days prior. Of course, upon arriving to the site, the network connection was working.

Wallops Island Antenna Assessment Trip, March 2018

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Mar. 16, 2018 01:07 PM EDT  (34 Reads)
After examining the condition of many of the radars, it was determined that a major effort should be put into repairing the antenna array at Wallops Island. This effort also follows work done by Mike and Ethan along with Rob Pfaff to get the grounds around the antenna arrays cleared out and maintained in late 2016 and 2017. During this trip, Mike and Kevin took stock of what exactly needed to be repaired on the antenna arrays and get some order sheets going. With additional time, the RF performance of the transmitters and antennas would be measured to quantify the amount of repairs needed. Dr. Ethan Miller and Dr. Patrick Dandenault from APL joined us for a day to review the antenna array repair project.

2018 Space Weather REDI Summer Bootcamp at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

By: miker  on: Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 04:43 PM EDT  (36 Reads)
This summer (June 4-8), take advantage of an opportunity to explore the burgeoning field of space weather by joining the Space Weather REDI 2018 Bootcamp to be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and taught by NASA GSFC scientists. While the bootcamp training is geared to undergraduate students, it will be beneficial for anyone interested in broadening their space weather knowledge - graduate students, educators, scientists, engineers, mission operators, and competitive high school students. Note: while Bootcamp is free, hotel and other costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Application deadline: April 10, 2018.

For more information see link)

Space@VT REU program and off-campus summer schools accepting applications for summer 2018

By: miker  on: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 12:53 PM EST  (362 Reads)
The Space@VT research center welcomes applications from undergraduates with interests in space for summer 2018 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) internships. See the Space@VT web site for more information: link) Deadline for applications is March 1.

In addition, off-campus summer schools are advertising for both senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students. For a partial listing see the 'VT SuperDARN' / 'Student Opportunities' item on the menu to the left. The earliest application deadline is February 22 and most are March 1.
Photo Credit: NCAR/HAO website sourced at Advanced Visualization Lab at NCSA/Univ. Illinois (D. Cox et al.)


Paper by Ray Greenwald cited by Radio Science as a top downloaded article

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 05:45 PM EST  (205 Reads)
The AGU journal Radio Science has announced that Ray's article cited below has been identified as one of the journal's top 10 most downloaded papers (based on measuring downloads within the first 12 months of on-line publication for articles published between 2016-2017):

Greenwald, R. A. (2017), The importance of international collaboration in space research, Radio Sci., 52, 511–515, doi:10.1002/2017RS006329. link)

The article was commissioned by the editors of Radio Science as part of an Earth Day series reviewing the status of space science in the U.S.

Congratulations, Ray!

JRO International Research Experience Program in Peru, Summer 2018 - deadline extended

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 07:09 AM EST  (1129 Reads)
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is once again the venue for a summer school that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science may apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi ( or Dr. Jo Baker ( or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at link) The application deadline is February 22, 2018 and the JIREP web site is link)

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