Antenna Unit Factory Visit

Antenna Unit Factory Visit

Antenna Unit Factory Visit in China Some of the E3D project team members visited the Antenna Unit manufacturer, East China Research Institute of Electronic Engineering (ECRIEE), last week. The purpose was to inspect the first antenna unit (the First Article) made. This unit will, after further testing and specification validation, be shipped to EISCAT for field testing. ECRIEE is located in Hefei, P. R. of China.   The container will come equipped with climate control and seven empty standard 19” equipment racks. The transmitters, receivers and supplemental equipment (networks, etc) come from other vendors and will be mounted at the sites after the antenna units have been installed by ECRIEE. Also in the photo, our E3D System Integration Engineer, Harri Hellgren.   For easier inspection and further measurements, the antennas and its ground plane were lifted off the support structure and was moved outside. Note: the color of the antenna units will not be white – as shown in the photos, rather industry grey. 109 antenna units plus...
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EISCAT_3D Data Management Plan

EISCAT_3D Data Management Plan The EISCAT_3D system represents a significant upgrade to EISCAT’s incoherent scatter radar (ISR) capabilities. The system is designed with a great deal more flexibility than the present EISCAT ISRs can provide, largely through the use of signal digitization very early in the processing chain and the use of a very large number of smaller antennas. Internally, this represents an extremely large amount of data bandwidth, on the order of a few terabytes per second. The data streams from the individual antennas are, however, of little use unless they are combined and this combination can be accomplished at various stages in the system, thus greatly affecting the load on the data processing and communication subsystems. Data management and data processing management are, as a result, important considerations in the system architecture and operation. Read the full report here. ...
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The Procurement for transmitter control electronics (PSCU) has now started

The Procurement for transmitter control electronics 2018-11-16: The PSCU procurement covers the devices needed to convert a digital baseband signal to 233 MHz so it can be used to drive the power amplifier (SSPA) and finally the antenna. A single Pulse and Steering Control Unit controls 16 SSPAs and the contract will be for the R&D, First Article and 228 PSCUs plus options to reach the full requirement of 660 PSCUs (for E3DS1). The contract will also include an option for up to 660 additional PSCUs, which would be needed for a 10 MW installation (E3D Stage 2). For details: https://www.eiscat.se/business/tenders First closing date (for Expression of Interest) is 14 December, 2018...
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60th anniversary for measuring incoherently scattered signals

60th anniversary The 21st of October 1958 Ken Bowels measured the first incoherently scattered signal. Science then incoherent scatter radars have been constructed all over the world. The start In 1958 William Gordon (Gordon, 1958) at Cornell University in the United States proposed that individual ionospheric electrons might react to an incoming radar signal by oscillating at the same frequency, thus producing an (incoherent) electromagnetic signal measurable on the ground. The discovery The idea was experimentally confirmed the 21st of October in the same year by Kenneth Bowles (a recent Ph.D. graduate of Cornell)  at the University of Illinois (Bowles, 1958). Bowles found that each ion in the upper ionosphere is surrounded by a cloud of electrons and scattering was essentially from the clouds. Soon it was stated that the incoherent scatter method allows measurement of ionospheric electron density, ion temperature and electron temperatures, ion composition and plasma velocity. A new powerful tool for studying the Earth’s ionosphere was invented. Photo: Jicamarca Radio Observatory  The reveal By a happy coin- cidence, 21 October was also the day that Gordon gave his first formal talk...
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EISCAT_3D is now an ESFRI Landmark

EISCAT_3D is now an ESFRI Landmark In early July, the European Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) promoted EISCAT_3D from Project to Landmark status in the 2018 update of the ESFRI Roadmap. EISCAT_3D was included in the Roadmap as a Project in the environmental domain in 2008. It is now one of 37 Landmarks, with 7 in the environmental domain. More information about the ESFRI Roadmap is available from http://www.roadmap2018.esfri.eu/...
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Open House at Rymdcampus

Open House at Rymdcampus

Welcome to Rymdcampus October 6th, 2018 at 11.00 - 15.00  Spend a Saturday with us on Rymdcampus. We have activities for both children and adults. Meet representatives from IRF, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Esrange Space Center, Rymdgymnasiet and us Take a look at one of our new antennas that will become EISCAT3D Build your own rocket Spin like an astronaut Take the quiz-walk and compete for nice prizes Check out the instruments built by IRF, going to Jupiter Have a break and get some "fika" Free bus ride from Kiruna Bus Station at 11.00 and 12.00.   More information Website: www.rymdcampus.se Poster: Open House - Rymdcampus (Swedish)   ...
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Programmer / Software Engineer for EISCAT_3D work

Programmer / Software Engineer for EISCAT_3D work

Status 2018-10-11: Position filled EISCAT Scientific Association is seeking a Programmer / Software Engineer for EISCAT_3D system integration work EISCAT_3D is a modern, multi-static, phased array radar system to be deployed in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The implementation phase started 1 September 2017 and the system will be ready for use in 2021. As Programmer / Software Engineer, you will work in the software team planning and writing the code needed to integrate hardware into the overall EISCAT_3D system. The software interfaces are well defined API’s provided by the contracted vendors supplying the hardware. EISCAT develops the overall system control for EISCAT_3D and the initial tasks for the Programmer / Software Engineer relate much to plan, code and verify the interfacing between vendor provided hardware and EISCAT’s own software platform. The EISCAT_3D system will be remote controlled in real time and the data will be processed in high throughput on-site cluster computers and transferred to one or more central archives. The development of...
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Site Engineer for EISCAT Svalbard Radar

Status 11 June 2018: Position filled Kiruna 2018-04-14 One of our Engineers on Svalbard is leaving for a position on the mainland so we are now seeking a new colleague. The position is formally with the The Arctic University of Norway and the posting is at https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151314/avdelingsingenioer-evt-forskningstekniker-ved-eiscat-svalbard-radar Application Deadline: 6 May 2018...
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The 9th EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 7-9 May 2018

The 9th EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 7-9 May 2018

The 9th EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 7-9 May 2018 The EISCAT_3D (E3D) project has now been officially started with an opening event on 7 September, 2017. The 9th EISCAT_3D User Meeting is planned to take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 7-9, 2018. As usual, the meeting provides a forum for interested scientists who may or may not be directly involved in the design and construction of the E3D project, and also for persons working more with its administrative, logistic, and technical aspects. More information is available at the meeting website: http://www.space.irfu.se/workshops/EISCAT-3D_User2018/...
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New recruitment

New recruitment

The EISCAT3D Project Leader has now been appointed We have had a lot of interest for the vacancy of Project Leader for  EISCAT3D. The opening has been filled by Mr. Johan Svensson. Johan will start his work at the EISCAT Headquarters in Kiruna, Sweden in January. Johan has been working as a Research Engineer and his experience in this field will be of great use in the EISCAT3D project....
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Celebration for EISCAT_3D

Celebration for EISCAT_3D

Celebration at Space campus Yesterday EISCAT HQ invited all of the staff at IRF and LTU to join us for coffee and cake, to celebrate that EISCAT_3D have gotten a go ahead. We have known about the start for a while, but vacations and other celebrations have made us wait a bit longer than we planed.   Our director Craig Heinselman held a speech telling us all about EISCAT_3D. When we plan to be up and running and why we decided to start this project from the beginning.    We are so happy to be realizing this new incoherent scatter radar!    ...
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EISCAT_3D Opening Event

EISCAT_3D Opening Event

EISCAT_3D Opening Event Short report (PDF) The opening event for the construction of the first stage of the EISCAT_3D system took place in Tromsø and Storfjord, Norway, on 7 September 2017. The day started in brilliant sunshine with a bus transport to UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, where the first part of the opening event was held. Anne Husebekk, the university rector, greeted us all welcome and Ingrid Mann, the leader of the Norwegian project consortium, presented a general overview of the EISCAT_3D project. This was followed by short addresses from representatives of the EISCAT associate countries from which it was clear that there are high expectations from the international EISCAT user community for the future potential of the new system. Finally, Craig Heinselman, EISCAT director, detailed the technical implementation of the EISCAT_3D system. The opening event continued with a 90 minute long coach ride to the UiT Skibotn field station with a guide pointing out several interesting geological details along the way in the local...
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